Venus in Fur

Lyceum Theatre |  Broadway  | February, 2012

  • Best Play
  • Best Actress in a Play

A play by David Ives

Directed by Walter Bobbie

Starring Nina Arianda and Hugh Dancy

Venus in Fur goes behind the scenes at an audition, where a man and a woman blur the lines between fantasy and reality, seduction and power, love and sex. A crackling exploration of sexual control and desire, the play combines the playwright's rigor and wit. (Read more at

"Ms. Arianda is giving the first must-see performance of the Broadway season, a bravura turn that burns so brightly you can almost feel the heat on your face...With the commanding Ms. Arianda giving a performance of such intoxicating allure, Venus in Fur provides a seriously smart and very funny stage seminar on the destabilizing nature of sexual desire."

- The New York Times

"Theater-goers may experience similar feelings of submission, happily under the spell of Arianda's mesmerizing performance."

- Entertainment Weekly

"But Arianda remains the engine that drives this intermissionless thrill ride, revving on all cylinders as she progresses from desperate actor to imperious seductress to all-powerful goddess. She gets an added fuel injection from her new acting partner. Dancy adds depths to Thomas that the role's originator, Wes Bentley, failed to find."

- Backstage