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Venus in Fur (play)
'Venus in Fur' is a delicious study of sexual power dynamics
'Venus in Fur' is a delicious study of sexual power dynamics

Depending on your taste for kink, "Venus in Fur," David Ives' twisty tale about a casting session between a smug playwright and an earthy actress trying out for the role of a well-born 19th century dominatrix, will be either a dream come true or a cautionary nightmare. But the only fetish that's required to appreciate this Tony-nominated two-hander, which opened this weekend at South Coast Repertory in a well-tuned production directed by Casey Stangl, is an unbridled lust for theater. (An interest in erotic power games obviously wouldn't hurt, but harness ownership is absolutely not essential.) The steamy fable begins at the end of a long day of casting that...

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