A Venus In Fur & A Dog CollarSunday, October 27, 2013
This past Saturday I went to a comfortable matinee performance of David Ives’s Venus in Fur at the Art Club Theatre Company’s Granville Island Stage.
I was up front so I was able to see everything in detail and listen to every nuance of the dialogue of this two person play, Lindsey Angell as Vanda and Vincent Gale as Thomas.
To make a short story short, Thomas is a playwright (and adapter he calls himself) looking for a woman to play a sort of dominatrix who happens to be a high patrician countess from Transylvania. A dumb blonde, Lindsey Angell crashes (late in “it was a dark and stormy night”) the audition of a frustrated Thomas who seems to be unable to find the right person for his play-in-progress. It is a play based on a 19th century novel by Austrian Leopold von Sacher-Masoch836–1895) most famous for his erotic novels.
The principal surprise is that the play and its actress do not answer the question that anybody who is not an actor is in constant query – can actors act themselves? And if they can, can we ever know?
Suffice to say that Angell, is a dumb blonde for a bit, then she becomes the sophisticated Transylvanian countess/dominatrix, a spy, and ultimately a vengeful Greed goddess.
A few days later Lindsey Angell posed for me. I was surprised to notice that she is shorter, more beautiful and older (because she told me so) woman than the many I saw on stage on Saturday. In this Fuji Instant snap I sort of think I may have caught the real Lindsey Angell, but then I am not all that sure.
And a final note - Vincent Gale as Thomas, plays the perfect nerdish adaptor of plays and allows Angell to pull through with her tour de force so that the whole play made me feel I was spying through a keyhole!