- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 28, 2011

NEW YORK (AP) - Nina Arianda is taking a big step forward by taking one back.

The Tony Award-nominated star of the just-closed revival of “Born Yesterday” will return to Broadway in the fall by reprising her old role in “Venus in Fur.”

Performances begin Oct. 13 at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on 47th Street.

“Venus in Fur,” a play by David Ives, made its world premiere off-Broadway in January 2010, and Arianda’s performance won rapturous applause. In the play, the 26-year-old actress portrays a preternaturally talented young actress determined to land the lead in a new play.

Arianda earned more raves this spring in the tricky role of nightclub singer Billie Dawn in the revival of Garson Kanin’s 1946 classic comedy “Born Yesterday” opposite Robert Sean Leonard and Jim Belushi.

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