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Film, "Venus in Fur": Roman Polanski's Tepid Look Behind the Curtain

"Venus in Fur": Roman Polanski's Tepid Look Behind the Curtain

Roman Polanski's new movie has no right to be as tedious as it is. Based on the Tony-winning play by David Ives, with whom Polanski adapted the script, Venus in Fur does little more than pose an art-film question for…
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Culture, Stage Liar, Liar: ACT and 99 Stock Deceive Audiences, But to Very Different Effects

Liar, Liar: ACT and 99 Stock Deceive Audiences, But to Very Different Effects

Venus in Fur, now at ACT, is an exercise in endurance for actors. The two characters, director Thomas (Henry Clarke) and actor Vanda (Brenda Meaney), never get to leave the stage for the show's running time, and they are relieved…
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Culture, Encore

Also Playing

All in the Timing. Playwright David Ives' much-celebrated and often-performed collection of quirky, comedic short plays gets a mixed production at Actors Ensemble of Berkeley. When it's firing on all cylinders, this show is a delight to behold. In "The…
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Culture, Stagecap

All in the Timing

Playwright David Ives' much-celebrated and often-performed collection of quirky, comedic short plays gets a mixed production at Actors Ensemble of Berkeley. When it's firing on all cylinders, this show is a delight to behold. In "The Universal Language," Lia Fischer…
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Culture, Stage

Up Tempo

Sometimes it's wonderful to be reminded that the stage events we see are called plays, that they are intended to engage our imaginations and sometimes even provide amusement. Those of us who take our theater very, very seriously feel slightly…
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