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‘Venus in Fur’: Things heat up with Sherman Playhouse season opener

February 4, 2019 GMT

The Sherman Playhouse is opening its 2019 season with David Ives’ “Venus in Fur” on Valentines weekend.

The playhouse said the plot centers around Thomas, a beleaguered playwright/director, who is desperate to find an actress to play Vanda, the female lead in his adaptation of the classic sadomasochistic tale “Venus in Fur.” Into his empty audition room walks a vulgar and equally desperate actress — oddly enough, named Vanda.

Though utterly wrong for the sophisticated part, Vanda exhibits a strange command of the material, piquing Thomas’ interest with her seductive talents and secretive manner. As the two work through the script, they blur the line between play and reality, entering into an increasingly serious game of submission and domination that only one of them can win.


The play is recommended for mature audiences, the playhouse said.

The play, directed by Katherine Almquist, of Sharon, features local actors Chris Luongo, of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and Agnes Fohn, of Sherman.

“The pairing of these two actors was clandestine,” Almquist was quoted saying in a news release, “from the very start, their chemistry was palpable and inspired and was perfect to perform a sexy comic play that will sure to titillate all our lucky audience members. They are the perfect Valentine.”

The Sherman Playhouse, 5 Route 39 N, Sherman. Friday, Feb. 15-Sunday, March 3, with half-price preview Thursday, Feb. 14. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., with two Sunday matinees Feb. 24 and March 3 at 2 pm. $24, $12 students. 860-354-3622, information@shermanplayers.org