June 1, 2012 at 5:02 pm #431232
I’m visiting my mom in New Jersey next week. I only have one day to spend in New York, so I’m seeing two shows.
Already bought my ticket for a matinee performance of ONCE.
Now, I’m deciding whether to see Venus In Fur or The Lyons as my second show. Which one do you guys think is the better play?
(I initially had Other Desert Cities as one of my choices, but I found out that it’s coming to LA in November. So I’ll catch that here instead.)June 1, 2012 at 8:15 pm #431234
I haven’t seen either show, but I’m very acquainted with the popular opinions on both shows, so this should and hopefully is somewhat helpful.
Venus In Fur has been praised for the performances, especially Nina Arianda who is giving one of the most riveting performance on Broadway this season. Reception to the show itself – meaning strength of the book, etc. – is mostly positive with a few dissenters that found it a little boring or trite. Everyone says that the performances in the show elevate the material.
That isn’t the case with The Lyons, however, as even Linda Lavin, who is also giving a great performance, can’t salvage a amateurish second act. Most say the first act is the best of the three, with the third being pretty decent, but a horribly sloppy and unenjoyable second act that ruins the show for most people.
If I had to chose between the two, I’d probably go with Venus in Fur, sheerly because it is a tremendously unique show, while The Lyons is a fairly traditional, i.e. stale, dysfunctional family drama. The performances in both are the selling points, as Arianda and Lavin are giving terrific performances.
Formerly known in the forums as PianoMann.June 1, 2012 at 8:19 pm #431235
Venus in Fur.June 1, 2012 at 8:49 pm #431236
I actually just got back from seeing “The Lyons.” In short, Linda Lavin is excellent, the first act is funny and focused, the second act is aimless, tonally weird, and, surprisingly, doesn’t even focus on Linda Lavin’s character much. I honestly don’t know where the playwright was going with that.
I haven’t seen “Venus in Fur,” so I can’t comment.June 2, 2012 at 12:40 am #431237
Between the two, I’m gonna go with ‘Venus In Fur’. Nina Arianna is insane… but personally, I’d go see ‘Peter and the Starcatcher’. Pure nostagic joy.June 2, 2012 at 8:04 am #431238
I would also see Peter and the Starcatcher instead of either of those two.June 2, 2012 at 9:27 am #431239
Peter and the Starcatcher.June 3, 2012 at 6:14 am #431240
Do whatever you can to see BOTH. Trying to decide between the two is like asking Sophie to once again
play favorites with her kids. The two shows dish up an electric night of theatre. Two different animals
arguing appearance versus reality through two seperate lens. In the end what really makes them must
see for any theatre lover bolis down to two words – Arianda/Lavin.June 3, 2012 at 10:56 am #431241
Thanks for the input, guys! I ended up booking a ticket for Venus In Fur.
The deciding factor for me was the fact that the show is closing on June 17th. All the other shows that were on my “must see” list — The Lyons, Peter And The Starcatcher, and One Man, Two Guvnors — haven’t set a closing date yet. I haven’t read anything either about the original cast members (Linda Lavin, Adam Chanler-Berat, Christian Borle, James Corden, etc) leaving soon. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I make it back to New York before that happens. Unfortunately, I only have one day to spend in NYC during this trip and I could only squeeze in two shows. 🙁
Thanks again! I’m excited to see Once and Venus In Fur!
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