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Moonlight Stage’s Venus in Fur Is a Fast, Fun, and Extremely Sexy Play-About-a-Play

David Ives’ 2010 Off-Broadway and 2011 Broadway hit Venus in Fur depicts the zaniest-ever theater audition; and Moonlight Stage Company of Raleigh, NC affords ringside seats for a superb production of Venus in Fur. The Plot: When the curtain rises, playwright/director Thomas Novachek (Patrick Osteen) is frustrated, because he simply cannot find the right leading… Read More ›

Irving Berlin’s White Christmas at DPAC Is Smooth and Snappy, a Delightful Musical

If you like shows representing “The Good Old Days,” then drive over to the Durham Performing Arts Center for Irving Berlin’s White Christmas: The Musical. You’d better hurry, because this delightful show has a relatively short run that ends on Sunday, Dec. 8th. Irving Berlin’s White Christmas is a show-within-a-show, set in 1954, and is… Read More ›

David Ives’ The Metromaniacs Is a Lovely, Zany, Wild Ride, But Sometimes Hard to Follow

If you are seeking a play that offers a clear plot with a purpose, you will not find it in Honest Pint Theatre Company’s production of The Metromaniacs by playwright David Ives. Instead, what you will find is, as Ives suggests: “characters drunk on language and fools in love with love.” The story is too… Read More ›

Matthew Hager (left) and Roman Pearah star as Cliton and Dorante (photo by Jonathan Young)

Roman Pearah and Matthew Hager Are Hilarious as the Title Character and His Mark in “The Liar”

Deep Dish Theater Company’s current presentation of The Liar, adapted by David Ives from the 1644 comedy Le Menteur by 17th century French playwright Pierre Corneille (1606-84), is — in turn — based on La verdad sospechosa (1634) by Spanish dramatist Juan Ruiz de Alarcón (c. 1580-1639). A comic masterpiece that was not acceptable by… Read More ›

“Venus in Fur” Tries Too Hard

“Venus in Fur,” written in real life by David Ives and with this production directed by Rod Rich, zeroes in on a frustrated producer/director/writer, Thomas (Tony Lea), who is having trouble finding the perfect woman to cast in his play. Based on a sadomasochist novel, his play is all about a man who becomes a… Read More ›