Dance/Theater

UNT Opera’s production of ‘Cendrillon’ says happily ever after in song
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Fri, Nov 8, 2013 - 12:33pm

For director Paula Homer, the opera Cendrillon — Jules Massenet’s treatment of Cinderella — can charm children and entrance adults. The light-hearted opera has all the stock characters from the famous fairy tale — mean stepsisters, a heartless stepmother, a fairy godmother and a charming prince.

The University of North Texas Opera Theatre stages the opera as a full production, from slapstick sight gags and jokes to the colorful score and libretto. Younger audience members will get the magical transformation of Cinderella from soot-smudged servant to princess bride in a gossamer gown. Music lovers and...

Play plumbs godless urban wasteland
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Mon, Nov 4, 2013 - 2:01pm

A city turns into a moldering urban wasteland. Angels are warring, and God has grown old and senile. Men are bearing children, an indication that end times are near.

That is the premise of Marisol, which chronicles the story of Marisol Perez, a 26-year-old Puerto Rican woman living in the Bronx. Marisol has to navigate a terrifying war zone after her guardian angel leaves her to fight in a revolution against God.

The University of North Texas Department of Dance and Theatre opens the play tonight at the University Theatre. It runs through Nov. 10.

Christie Vela, an acclaimed actress and director in...

Play plumbs godless urban wasteland
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Fri, Nov 1, 2013 - 2:34pm

A city turns into a moldering urban wasteland. Angels are warring, and God has grown old and senile. Men are bearing children, an indication that end times are near.

That is the premise of Marisol, which chronicles the story of Marisol Perez, a 26-year-old Puerto Rican woman living in the Bronx. Marisol has to navigate a terrifying war zone after her guardian angel leaves her to fight in a revolution against God.

The University of North Texas Department of Dance and Theatre opens the play tonight at the University Theatre. It runs through Nov. 10.

Christie Vela, an acclaimed actress and director in...

Triangles triumph in UNT’s ‘Proof’
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Tue, Oct 1, 2013 - 12:11pm

University of North Texas theater professor Andrew Harris spent last year staging his original play about Shakespeare’s mysterious dark lady.

This semester, Harris has his eye on the Department of Dance and Theatre Arts’ tried-and-true play: David Auburn’s Proof.

A triangle of sorts is at the center of the drama about a late mathematical genius whose brilliance — and instability — emerge in his adult daughter, Catherine.

Catherine is desperately afraid that she inherited her father Robert’s mental illness. Her older sister, Claire, fears the same. Things grow exponentially more difficult when one of...

Set in North Texas, the independent film Technically Crazy is doing quite well on the film festival circuit
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Wed, Aug 7, 2013 - 12:01pm

Technically Crazy, a sweet little gem of an independent film set in North Texas, was recently nominated as one of the best films in the Duluth, Ga.-based Gwinnett Center International Film Festival. It will also play the The Boonies Film Festival, which runs Aug. 14-17 in Warren, Pa., and then it moves on to the Oaxaca International Film Festival in late September.

Michael Mullins, the guy behind the film, says that “one of the theaters in Warren, used for the festival, was built around 1883.” It is, he says, “the 18th-oldest operating theater in the country. It’s a very romantic notion to think of your film...