The tale of the bat­tle of the sexes lands in Dubai

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See an adap­ta­tion of Venus In Fur this month

Lo­cal theatre group H72 Pro­duc­tions re­turn this month with a pro­duc­tion of the clas­sic play Venus In Fur. Based on Aus­trian writer Leopold von Sacher-Masoch’s 19th cen­tury novel

Venus In Furs, and Amer­i­can play­wright Davies Ives’ 2010 Broad­way play ver­sion, it’s a story ex­plor­ing the bal­ance of power be­tween a play­wright and a young ac­tress.

Set in New York, Thomas No­vacheck is a mid­dle-aged di­rec­tor strug­gling to cast the lead role in his new play and frus­trated with in­ad­e­quate as­pir­ing ac­tors au­di­tion­ing. As he pre­pares to pack up for the day, in steps Vanda Jor­dan, a young ac­tress de­ter­mined to land the part. The pair be­come en­tan­gled in a game of cat and mouse as they ver­bally dance around each other in a darkly comic per­for­mance. Ives’ Venus In Fur earned sev­eral ac­co­lades in­clud­ing a Best Play nom­i­na­tion at the Tony Awards in 2012.

The 90-minute no-in­ter­mis­sion show stars ac­tor Osan Aboubakr - who’s ap­peared in Al­most Maine, The Pris­oner of 2nd Av­enue, Red, The Mouse­trap and The Cru­cible - along­side bud­ding ac­tor Farzana Palathin­gal. At the helm of Venus is di­rec­tor Juliska Szik, who has pre­vi­ously di­rected a per­for­mance of Euripi­des’ Medea. Septem­ber 7 to 15

The Junc­tion, Alserkal Av­enue, Dubai, 7.30pm, Dhs75 to Dhs100. Tel (04) 3388525. Taxi: The Junc­tion. vis­it­

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