Friday, June 17, 2016

"Venus in Fur" at the PPT

Last night we took in the final show on of the Pittsburgh Public Theater's 2015-16 season, "Venus in Fur" by playwright David Ives.

It was a different sort of play, showcasing an audition of a flaky actress (Whitney Maris Brown) by the author (Christian Conn) of a play, one with a somewhat kinky subject matter (sadomasochism), and soon the audition takes on an entirely different life of its own.

The play had its moments, and there were some funny lines in it, but, in the end, I am not sure exactly what point it was trying to make.

It is worth seeing, though, for the performance of Whitney Maris Brown.  She was thoroughly charming in what was a fairly demanding role.  I am unable to find an age for her in any online reference, but she appears to be quite young, late twenties/early thirties tops, and I am guessing that we will be hearing much of her in the future.  For maybe half of the play's ninety minutes, she appears on stage wearing only a bustier, panties, garter belt, and black stockings, and I salute her for having the guts to do that.  I don't care how pretty you are or how accomplished an actress, that can't be an easy thing to do.

Whitney Maris Brown

If you do go, however, be warned.  This is an adult show in both content and language, so leave the kiddies at home and don't say you haven't been warned.

The Grandstander and Mrs. Grandstander give this one two and one-stars.


We have been subscribers, on and off, for many years to the Pittsburgh Public Theater, and we have enjoyed it a lot over the years and are looking forward to being back come the Fall for the 2016-17 season.  If you are looking for an organization from "the Arts" in Pittsburgh to support and attend, you wouldn't go wrong by choosing the PPT, and the O'Reilly Theater is one of he very best places to see a play anywhere.  Small, imitate, and not a bad seat in the house.

In looking back  over this season, here is how we rank the six plays that were presented:

  1. The Diary of Anne Frank
  2. Guys and Dolls
  3. Disgraced
  4. A Servant of Two Masters
  5. Venus in Fur
  6. Tru

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