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"Seriously smart and very funny . . . a suspense-packed study of the erotics of power" 
—The New York Times

"A sexy and dangerous tango" —Time Out New York

After seducing New York audiences and critics as "Broadway's hottest date night!" (Liz Smith) Venus in Fur arrives at A.C.T. in an electrifying new production. When a young actress auditions for a gifted but demanding playwright/director and she insists that he reads his adaptation of a classic novel about sexual domination with her, their encounter explodes into a playful, witty, and erotic game of cat and mouse, dangerously blurring the lines between fantasy and reality—and seduction and power. 

 

“Brims with a gentle effervescence and musicality . . . [and] juicy, appetizing life.” —The New York Times

“A bittersweet and beautifully performed fable” —New York Daily News

When a husband catches his wife in the arms of her lover, the lover flees—but leaves his suit behind. As her penance, the husband makes his wife “treat the suit as an honored guest”; accompanying her wherever she goes, the suit becomes a whimsical yet cruel reminder of her infidelity. African melodies interweave with jazz standards to underscore this simple yet surprising tale, set in Apartheid-era Johannesburg, in a haunting production that integrates virtuosic musicians directly into the action.

 

"Haunting . . . [a] drama hewn out of a myth that speaks across the centuries" —The Guardian

"An emotionally piercing marvel" —The Times of London

The season expands to global dimensions with The Orphan of Zhao, James Fenton's beautiful reinvention of a classic Chinese legend that has its roots back in the fourth century BCE. The inimitable stage and film star BD Wong (M. ButterflyLaw & Order: Special Victim Unit) will make his A.C.T. debut in this luminous production. In the aftermath of a violent coup, an epic story of self-sacrifice and revenge plays out as a young orphan discovers the shattering truth behind his origins. Often described as the Chinese Hamlet, this gripping tale was the first Chinese play to be translated in the West and has inspired countless operas, plays, and movies.

 


"Critics’ Pick! Ebullient and Charming"—The New York Times

"Leaves the audience buzzing with joy!" —Time Out New York

A sold-out smash hit at New York’s Signature Theatre last year, Old Hats combines the incomparable magic, slapstick, and hilarity of master clowns Bill Irwin and David Shiner, with technology, original music, and their truly unique style of movement. Directed by the inimitable Tina Landau, whose production of Saroyan’s The Time of Your Life thrilled A.C.T. audiences in 2004, Old Hats picks up where Fool Moon left off, and is a wildly imaginative journey about the anxieties of living in the modern world and an exquisite and hilarious meditation on life, lunacy, and the passage of time. It is the recipient of the 2013 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Alternative Theatrical Experience and the 2013 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Revue.