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Venus in Fur by David Ives

Tension-filled play looks at the power and sexual politics lurking within S&M Lightning flashes outside Thomas’ New York City audition studio, but don’t mistake that low rumble for mere thunder. It’s the sound of a man’s life changing forever. Of course, poor Thomas doesn’t know that when a young actress bursts into his studio several...


Venus rises to triumphant opening

‘Venus’ rises to triumphant opening The fur flew. Oh, come on. That pun wrote itself. The play is called “Venus in Fur.” Caucasian sable from Kazakhstan. And subtext. Acres of subtext – even if we never get acres of skin. This isn’t porn, after all. Unless you use your imagination. “…opening the fur to reveal...


Gulfshore Playhouse kicks off inaugural New Works Festival

Playwrights from DC, LA and NYC arrive in Naples with trio of smart, sharp works Each of the playwrights headed to Naples for the Gulfshore Playhouse New Works Festival describes the workshop process differently. I hear “awareness,” “testing ground,” “feedback,” “clarity” and even “the great stew of creativity.” Cody Nickell, Gulfshore’s artistic associate and the...


Brand new PLAYS

ATTENDING A NEW PLAY FESTIVAL IS like getting a backstage pass to a playwright’s mind. Not only do you get to experience brand-spanking new plays, but afterwards, you’re usually given the opportunity to talk to the playwrights in person and question them about their inspiration, their creative process and character motivations or plot developments you...