Apparently, even the outsized talents of Venus in Fur's Nina Arianda can't distract from the uneven storytelling in David Grimm's new play about a gentlewoman turned prostitute in post-World War I Vienna. Newsday's Winer concisely sums up the general sentiment of the New York critics, calling it a play that "is all plot and little deeper meaning." Though the novelty of the play's story and an "arresting" (Variety) opening scene initially engross critics, it seems that Grimm never quite makes good on his promising premise. Some blame this on a lack of focus in tone, purpose, and direction, while others find fault with an outlandish plot twist in the third act. Either way, critics feel that what may have started out as a profound exploration into the difficult choices of a desperate woman seems to have ended up being little more than a shallow melodrama--a shift that leaves most critics disappointed, to put it mildly.