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Venus in Fur Opening at Studio on May 25

Theater J, "Moscows of Nantucket," Borderstan

“The Moscows of Nantucket” runs through June 12 at Theater J, 16th and Q NW. (Image courtesy Theater J)

From Jana Petersen

Disclaimer: This is not your cliched love story; enter the seasonally-named title character from 500 Days of Summer. Boy meets girl. Boy falls for girl. Boy quickly finds himself at whim of girl. Now what? Bring it to the stage.

And voila, Venus in Fur at the Studio Theater, a David Ives adaptation of Leopold von Sacher-Masoch’s 1870s novella: a story of a seemingly eager-to-please woman who is able to manipulate her casting director to take her audition though she is late, and batter that casting director into submission.

Though Ives’ production might be an exaggeration of the Deschanel / Gordon-Levitt love story, the theme at its base rings true. Venus in Fur not only inverts the stereotypical gender roles and dispositions in a relationship, man versus woman, but also, beyond gender, flips the roles of two character types, director versus actress — an outcome that Ives says, “would delight any actor.” Venus in Fur opens May 25 at the Studio Theater.

Over at Theater J, The Moscows of Nantucket is running through June 12. Moscows is a fast-paced, new American comedy with “its heart in Chekhov country” (Theater J). Find out what happens when a weekend of unusual family bonding turns into confrontation between two brothers who have avoided each other for years.

Find out what is going on at other theaters in the area below the fold:

Keegan Theatre at Church Street
1742 Church Street NW
Washington, DC
25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee opens June 4.
Lincoln Theatre
1215 U Street NW
Washington, DC
Next performance, An Evening with Spike Lee, is June 4. Tickets are $28.50.
1835 14th Street NW
Washington, DC
The Green Bird runs through June 4, a production of the Constellation Theatre Company. Ticket prices: $23-30
Studio Theatre
1501 14th Street NW
Washington, DC
Venus in Fur opens May 25.
Theater J
1529 16th St. NW
Washington, DC
The Moscows of Nantucket runs through June 12. Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7:30 pm; Saturdays at 8 pm; and Sundays at 3 and 7:30 pm.

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Petersen writes about about health, fitness and wellbeing. When she’s not contributing to Borderstan or managing health care marketing strategy (daytime job), she can be found running in Rockcreek park, baking (banana cream pies, anyone?), and /or plotting her next move in Scrabble or Words with Friends — not necessarily in that order. Follow Petersen on Twitter @jana_petersen; email her at jana[AT]borderstan.com.

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