From the Lowry Hill East Neighborhood Association – Where Every Story Has Three Sides
By Vanessa Moore Ardolino, Wedge Arts Reviewer
Ooh La la! Uptown is going to heat up this Valentine’s Day! Both Bryant Lake Bowl (BLB) and Jungle Theater are planning nights of passionate entertainment to keep the spark of love alive. Why, if you get your tickets early enough, you might be able to partake of both shows.
The erotic novella “Venus in Furs” gets a modern retelling in David Ives’ 90-minute play, “Venus in Fur,” at the Jungle. In this two-person performance, a young actress turns the tables on a demanding director during an audition for a play that also happens to be an adaptation of the famous 1870s book by Leopold von Sacher-Masoch.
According to the press release, this play is billed as 2011’s “‘funniest, sexiest, most acclaimed new Broadway play,’ starring Anna Sundberg and Peter Christian Hansen – both 2011 Ivey Award winners.”
Director Joel Sass said, “The subject matter may sound scandalous, but ‘Venus in Fur’ is going to attract attention because of its brilliant script and sizzling cast. Although audiences get to watch others dabble in the forbidden, they’ll be equally riveted by the suspense and humor. It’s very funny, racy and sexy. It’s like an adult cocktail.”
Around the corner at BLB, “Erotic Valentines – A Shadow Show,” returns for two performances February 14. Eagle and Rose Theatre Company (E&R; formerly TransAtlantic Theatre Company) has taken bits from classic erotica and created short vignettes of puppetry and sound. E&R member Cheryl Willis said this show will include “new experiments,” which will keep it fresh for fans that have been to the show before.
In case you and your date prefer to keep your Valentine’s Day activities a little less titillating, HUGE Improv Theater is holding their regular Space Jam that Thursday. This live improv performance invites improvisers of all experience levels to get up on stage together, or just to watch.
The February 14 performance of “Venus in Fur” starts at 7:30pm. The show runs until March 10. Jungle Theater is located at 2951 Lyndale Avenue. For more information and tickets, visit www.jungletheater.com or call 612.822.7063.
“Erotic Valentines” has shows at 7 and 10 pm on February 14. Bryant Lake Bowl is located at 810 Lake Street. For information and tickets, visit www.bryantlakebowl.com or call 612.825.8949.
Space Jam starts at 9 pm. Tickets for the audience are $5. It is free to perform, and sign-up is at 8:30. HUGE is located at 3037 Lyndale Avenue. For information visit www.hugetheater.com or call 612.412.4843.