The set-up is simple. Thomas, a theater director, has been holding auditions for the play he's written. He's on the phone complaining about the women who've read for the lead female role — not good, not smart.
"Venus in Fur" is a clever, funny, and slightly creepy piece from David Ives, the master of the ingenious one-act and the inventive historical adaptation. At 100 minutes or thereabouts it may be a bit repetitious in places, but overall it's a classic example of the "well-made play" a la Terrence Rattigan or J.B. Priestly.