Theater & art

David Ives’s ‘Venus in Fur’ joins Huntington Theatre season

David Ives’s “Venus in Fur,” A.R. Gurney’s “The Cocktail Hour,” and a world-premiere comic drama by Stephen Belber will round out the Huntington Theatre Company’s 2013-14 subscription season. The company announced four other productions earlier this month.

The Belber play, “The Power of Duff,” will be the first show of the season in the Wimberly Theatre at the Boston Center for the Arts, running Oct. 11-Nov. 9. Huntington artistic director Peter DuBois will direct the play, about a newscaster whose on-camera prayers are answered. Greg Kinnear played the newscaster in DuBois’s developmental production of “The Power of Duff” last summer at New York Stage and Film, where the ensemble included Jennifer Westfeldt (“Kissing Jessica Stein”). Casting for the Huntington production is not yet set. Belber’s other plays include “Tape,” “Match,” and “A Small, Melodramatic Story.”

Maria Aitken, whose recent Huntington credits include this season’s “Betrayal” and last season’s “Private Lives,” will return to direct “The Cocktail Hour,” running Nov. 15-Dec. 15 at the Boston University Theatre. One of Gurney’s privileged-WASP comedies, the 1988 play is about a son who, over drinks, seeks his patrician parents’ blessing for the autobiographical drama he’s written.


“Venus in Fur,” the two-hander that starred Hugh Dancy and Nina Arianda on Broadway last season, will run Jan. 3-Feb. 2, 2014, at the Boston University Theatre. The dark erotic comedy pits an eerily well-prepared auditioning actress against a playwright-director, upending the conventional balance of power. Daniel Goldstein, who directed “God of Carnage” at the Huntington last year, is slated to direct “Venus in Fur.”

The other productions in the subscription season are Mary Zimmerman’s “The Jungle Book,” Sept. 7-Oct. 6; Chekhov’s “The Seagull,” March 7-April 6, 2014; Melinda Lopez’s “Becoming Cuba,” March 28-April 26, 2014; and Lydia R. Diamond’s “Smart People,” which will also be directed by DuBois, May 23-June 21, 2014. An eighth production, a non-subscription show to be staged in the Roberts Studio Theatre at the Boston Center for the Arts, is to be announced.

Laura Collins-Hughes can be reached at lcollins-hughes@

Correction: Because of incorrect information provided to the Globe, an earlier version of this story misstated the location of the New England premiere of “Venus in Fur.” The play was performed last fall at TheaterWorks in Hartford.