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Venus in Fur 

When: Sundays, 2 p.m. and Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Continues through Oct. 4 2015
Price: $20-$25
Thomas is a writer-director who has adapted Leopold von Sacher-Masoch's novel Venus in Fur for the stage. He's spent a futile day trying to cast the right woman as Vanda, the main character; she's the one who will seduce and dominate the audience even as she seduces and dominates the character of Kushemski. The novel is the origin of the term "masochism," and today Thomas has suffered indeed. Then in walks one last actress — she seems wrong for the part at first, but somehow she already has a copy of his script, and begins her audition. More surprising is that she says her name is Vanda. Now Thomas and Vanda are locked in an increasingly tense audition process, one that Vanda begins to control through force of will and technique. David Ives' Venus in Fur is a comic, psycho-sexual exploration of power and art. West End Players Guild opens its 105th season with the play. Performances are at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday (September 25 to October 4) at the Union Avenue Christian Church (733 North Union Boulevard; 314-667-5686 or Tickets are $20 to $25.
— Paul Friswold


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