Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Sexy play, cheap price for Gulfshore Playhouse's "Venus in Fur" preview

Kelley Curran and Nick Duckart in
Gulfshore Playhouse's "Venus in Fur."
Nick Duckart and Kelley Curran in
Gulfshore Playhouse's "Venus in Fur."
Kristen Coury cannot wait to find out what Neapolitans think about the Gulfshore Playhouse season opener "Venus in Fur."

"Venus in Fur?" Wasn't that a Lou Reed song? No.

Lou Reed wrote "Venus in Furs." The David Ives play "Venus in Fur" tells of  an actress who turns the tables on a playwright during an audition. Vanda conquers Thomas while wearing stilettos, leather shorts and wrestling on a chaise lounge. The whole time, they're acting out scenes from an 1870 piece of literature written by Leopold von Sacher-Masoch. That's where we get "sadomasochism."

"It's hot. It's steamy," Coury said. But not explicit. Vanda and Thomas don't even kiss.

Coury won't have long to wait for feedback. Residents can find out for the price of a cheeseburger and fries - or less - at the pay-what-you-can preview at 8 p.m. Wednesday, October 2.

What does that mean?

Walk into the Norris Center in downtown Naples on Wednesday night. Pay any amount you chose ($1 minimum) with cash, check or credit card. No chickens, please. Watch the show. Tell your friends.

"Venus in Fur" is sure to be, as Coury describes it, "good, kinky fun."

What: Actress and playwright square off over a sexually charged script
When: 8 p.m. through Saturday, Oct. 19. Additional 3 p.m. matinées Oct. 6, 12, 13 & 20.
Where: Norris Community Center, 755 Eighth Ave. S., Naples
Cost: $29-$35, $15 for students; $20 preview on Thursday, Oct. 3
Information: 866-811-4111 or

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