Venus in Fur  David Ives | Jungle Theater - 2013  | Photos: Michal Daniel

Wicked good VENUS at the Jungle      - Minneapolis Star Tribune

“This is wickedly good theater... Sass works a seduction with this sleek and elusive reading of Ives’ meditation on role-playing, gender, sadomasochism, mythology and the flesh’s weakness…. At turns vulgar, eloquent and intellectually incisive, Sass’ production gathers speed to its bracing and unanticipated conclusion.”


Don't Miss the Hottest Show in Minnesota      - Minnesota Monthly

“The Twin Cities are known for having great theater—I know this better than most. So trust me when I say this show isn't great, it's superb.  Flirting, seduction, twists, tension: it's all there in full.  Venus in Fur runs the risk of being unbelievable and crass, and in anyone's hands but director and set designer Joel Sass, it might have been….No wonder this show is selling out faster than seats at the nearby World Street Kitchen are filling up. If you can get your hands on a ticket, do. Shows like this don't come around often, even here.”


VENUS IN FUR dominates the stage      - City Pages

Venus comes to life in the hands of director Joel Sass and a pair of decidedly game actors.  They have that mysterious chemistry essential for a two-person show, especially one as steeped in the raw nature of relationships as this one. Director Sass builds on that chemistry throughout, ramping up the tension as we delve deeper and deeper into the story and the multiple psyches of our characters. A rich exploration of sexuality, love, and power…”