Inspired by Leopold von Sacher-Masoch's notorious erotic novel, which first shocked readers in 1870, David Ives's saucy and sensational Venus in Fur is a crackling exploration of desire and control. The play pits actress against playwright in a virtuosic display of seduction, cruelty and gamesmanship. Christian Conn and Erica Sullivan star in Studio Theatre's production, directed by David Muse. Now to July 3. Studio Theatre, 14th & P Streets NW. Call 202-332-3300 or visit studiotheatre.org.