Arianda to reprise role on Broadway
The David Ives play “Venus in Fur” gets a Broadway remount from Manhattan Theater Club, which will produce the play this fall in the company’s Main Stem venue.Nina Arianda, nommed for a Tony for her perf in the just-shuttered Rialto revival of “Born Yesterday,” will reprise the role that was her attention-getting breakout in the show’s 2010 preem at Off Broadway’s Classic Stage Company. Walter Bobbie (“Chicago”) returns to direct. The two-character play’s male lead, played at CSC by Wes Bentley, remains to be cast. Play by Ives (“All in the Timing”) follows an actress’ audition for a writer-helmer who is directing a stage adaptation of the 1870 erotic novel by Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, whose work helped define the concept of masochism. The 90-minute comedy earned strong reviews in its Off Broadway run, with Arianda’s turn as the actress winning raves. MTC produces “Venus” by special arrangement with commercial producers Jon B. Platt and Scott Landis, also a producer of the upcoming Rialto production of tuner “Nice Work If You Can Get It.” Show begins previews Oct. 13 ahead of a November opening, exact date to be announced. MTC’s Broadway season also includes David Auburn’s latest, “The Columnist,” in the winter, to be followed by one more offering still to be nailed down.