Quimby Bird, a thief by trade, faces the parole board in an attempt to be set free in exchange for the location of the recently stolen Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus. He takes us through the several characters who played a role in the heist which ultimately landed him in prison.
Stealing Venus seems to be what a Fr!nge show should be. Anton Smuts stars in this one-hander, masterfully portraying each character through clever use of accent and action. Unfortunately, some characters are riddled with stereotypes. Smuts, however, does not use stereotypes as a crutch for long, painting each character with uniqueness through his storytelling.
Ultimately, Stealing Venus is convincing, entertaining, and well executed. Torontoist recommends.
Warning: Language. Cold theatre… bring a sweater.
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