Venus in Fur

Wednesday, 7 April 2021 to Saturday, 17 April 2021

Premiering off-Broadway in 2010, Venus In Fur by award winning playwright David Ives, is a hilarious and erotic comedy about sex and power that has wowed audiences around the world. 

A playwright/director, Thomas Novacheck, is not having much success finding an actress to play the leading female role in his stage adaptation of Leopold von Sacher-Masoch’s scandalous 1870 novel, Venus in Fur. A novel that in turn inspired the term ‘masochism’. Suddenly, an actress called Vanda Jordan arrives and everything changes – everything. What unfolds is a thrilling game of cat and mouse and contest for power that all unfolds over the course of an evening audition. Part satire on the process of castings, auditions, and American theatre in general, this extraordinary, sexy and witty play is also a celebration of the power of womanhood and female sexuality that will make you laugh out loud, question and ultimately, leave you wanting more. A must see for anyone who enjoys good theatre!

"21st-century sexual politics meet 19th-century S&M" (The Guardian)

"seriously smart and very funny" (NY Times)

"Starc Productions, once again, leaves us with a message delivered in a fun, challenging way. Their purpose is value added entertainment and Rossi and Clement deliver ‘in spades.’.....No move or gesture is wasted or accidental, a tribute to the tight ‘Starc team partnership’. The energy in the room during this production is absolutely tangible throughout."
Jude Hines - Stage Whispers
"Bondage, discipline, and sexual power games, all done in the best possible taste. 90 minutes in the Bakehouse may just be the spark your love life needs....While Stephen Dean's exemplary lighting adds to the atmosphere, the play should end with the roof of the Bakehouse Theatre splitting open, and the Evening Star shining balefully down".
Ewart Shaw - Broadway World
"Venus in Fur uses well-tried tropes in a searing, savage indictment of the way some men use sex and power to manipulate or control. With the current goings-on in our Federal and State Parliaments – a play within a play if ever there was – one hopes that our elected representatives might take notice."
Peter Burdon - The Advertiser


Previews $23, Adults $30, Conc $26, Students $23
100 mins. No interval

Writer: David Ives
Directed by: Tony Knight
Featuring: Marc Clement & Stefanie Rossi
Sound & Lighting Design: Stephen Dean

Wednesday, 7 April 2021 - 8:00pm
Opening night: 
Thursday, 8 April 2021 - 8:00pm
Friday, 9 April 2021 - 8:00pm
Saturday, 10 April 2021 - 8:00pm
Wednesday, 14 April 2021 - 8:00pm
Thursday, 15 April 2021 - 8:00pm
Friday, 16 April 2021 - 8:00pm
Saturday, 17 April 2021 - 8:00pm

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