The Classic Stage Company‘s Off-Broadway premiere production of David Ives’ Venus in Fur was originally supposed to close, like, this weekend. Then it got extended by two weeks, and today ArtsBeat reports that the two-person psycho-sexual drama about a playwright/director (Wes Bentley) and an actress (Nina Arianda) during an audition will continue for another three additional weeks, to close on March 28. In doing so it will become CSC’s longest-running show in its 42-year history. This extension might have a little something to do with a rather epic review by New Yorker theater critic Hilton Als, in which he goes kinda gaga for Arianda’s performance:
Watching Arianda, one thinks of a number of legendary actresses, from Diana Sands as Doris the prostitute in Bill Manhoff’s 1964 play “The Owl and the Pussycat” to Jennifer Mudge as Lula, the brilliant hysteric, in the 2007 revival of Amiri Baraka’s “Dutchman.” Each threw herself into an emotionally sordid role in order to tell us something about our profound, collective self-interest, and about how the will to survive is essentially genderless, until society forces us to define ourselves by our sexuality.
So, yeah, hop on those 2-for-1 tickets.