Steamy, sexy, powerful. ‘Venus in Fur’

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Steamy, sexy, powerful. ‘Venus in Fur’

Nick Duckart and Kelley Curran in VENUS IN FUR.
Nick Duckart and Kelley Curran in VENUS IN FUR.

If I didn’t fear it might confuse readers and perturb my editors, my opening sentence for this review of “Venus in Fur,” playing at the Gulfshore Playhouse, would be a big, bold exclamation point.
Or maybe even three in a row, for emphasis (like the band named !!!).

On stage at The Norris Center through Oct. 20, “Venus in Fur” is the kind of play that makes critics reach for the thesaurus, searching for better adjectives.

It’s smart, funny, sexy, complex, clever and insightful – one of those rare theatrical experiences where your brains are involved at least as much as your emotions. It’s both visceral and intellectual. No wonder it was nominated for a Tony for Best Play when it was on Broadway.