“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… Continue reading “Venus in Fur” Tries Too Hard

The Title of David Ives’ “Venus in Fur” Is Bawdy — and So’s the Play — But It’s Funny and Insightful, Too

Venus in Fur is a 2012 Tony Award®-winning sizzler by David Ives, the prolific author of the famous “Phillip Glass Buys a Loaf of Bread” and other short, witty plays with depth. Ninety minutes worth of allusions, verbal gymnastics, sexual innuendo, kinky references, and a bit of insight into gender wars, this joint Actors Comedy… Continue reading The Title of David Ives’ “Venus in Fur” Is Bawdy — and So’s the Play — But It’s Funny and Insightful, Too

Raleigh Little Theatre Attempts Charles Busch’s “The Divine Sister”

Charles Busch’s “The Divine Sister,” which parodies famous nun movies from “The Singing Nun” to “The Song of Bernadette” and everything in between, is the latest offering from Raleigh Little Theatre as part of its “City Series,” which aims to present grittier theatre intended for mature audiences. And, while “The Divine Sister” can’t rightfully be… Continue reading Raleigh Little Theatre Attempts Charles Busch’s “The Divine Sister”

RLT’s “Tigers Be Still” Puts the Fun in Dysfunctional

What do an escaped tiger, an art therapist dealing with her first-ever client, and a recently dumped and severely depressed young woman have in common? Though this might sound like the lead-in to a bad joke, all of these things are subjects in Actors Comedy Lab and Raleigh Little Theatre’s uproarious and utterly charming production of… Continue reading RLT’s “Tigers Be Still” Puts the Fun in Dysfunctional

ACL and RLT Will Stage “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised]” with Rebecca Blum, Izzy Burger, and Tracey Phillips

Actors Comedy Lab and Raleigh Little Theatre will present a community-theater production of “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised],” directed by ACL co-founder Rod Rich, on Sept. 14-16, 20-23, and 27-30 in RLT‘s Gaddy-Goodwin Teaching Theatre. Originally written by Adam Long, Daniel Singer, and Jess Winfield for California’s world-famous Reduced Shakespeare Company, “The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged)” is an inspired spoof of all things Shakespearean. When it is hitting on all eight cylinders, Shakespeare is a comic juggernaut that romps through all 37 plays and 154 sonnets of English playwright and poet William Shakespeare (1564-1616).