A complicated man

Fri, Apr 12, 2013 - 10:38am

It takes an academic to appreciate an academic.

That’s how things shake out if you talk to Andrew Harris about his latest play, The Lady Revealed.

“A.L. Rowse is probably the best-known Shakespeare historian,” said Harris, a member of the University of North Texas theater faculty. “He wrote more than a hundred books, and it was Rowse who claimed he discovered the identity of the ‘dark lady’ of Shakespeare’s sonnets.”

It’s Rowse, a difficult and obsessive sort of man, whom Harris champions in a play that both humanizes the Bard and gives a rare voice to the otherwise anonymous Elizabethan lady.


Andrew Harris to premiere play about Shakespeare’s Dark Lady at the University of North Texas

Fri, Mar 15, 2013 - 3:18pm

Dallas-area playwright and teacher Andrew Harris is premiering his new play The Lady Revealed in a laboratory production at the University of North Texas April 11 through 14. Harris subscribes to a prominent theory about the identity of the Dark Lady of Shakespeare’s sonnets.

Here’s what he wrote me about the show:

The play is about A. L. Rowse, the Oxford historian, who determined the identity of Shakespeare’s Dark Lady – Emilia Bassano Lanier.  Rowse’s candidate, once hotly contested, has been accepted by some leading scholars in part because she was the first woman to publish to publish...

The very model

Fri, Feb 22, 2013 - 2:15pm

Gilbert & Sullivan’s operetta Pirates of Penzance goes down like tiramisu — it’s a light, fluffy amusement that means to make its audience smile.

And yet its easy-on-the-ears libretto is full of technical flourish and puts a vocalist through his or her paces.

Paula Homer, director of the University of North Texas Opera Theatre, said Pirates is a starter opera — perfect for the newbie who likes classical music, but isn’t ready to compete with a Wagnerian plot and lots of supertitles.

“I think in particular this Gilbert and Sullivan opera has number after number that is a delight,” Homer said. “It’s...

Colorful, creative decisions defined the best of 2012

Fri, Jan 4, 2013 - 12:36pm

Denton’s performing arts scene was both busy and bright this year. While there were number of exemplary performances and solid directorial work, we’ve looked back over this year’s memorable moments and chosen the cream of the crop.


Simple Simon? Simply hilarious.

Music Theatre of Denton capped off its 27th season with The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. The charmer of a musical takes aim at the geeky but lovable spelling bee savants of Putnam County.

The entire ensemble was played expertly by a committed bunch of actor-singers: the guy who spells out every word...

Ill-fated lovers meet in Gounod’s opera at UNT

Fri, Nov 9, 2012 - 10:45am

Charles Gounod’s French opera Romeo et Juliette gets the grand treatment starting this weekend at the University of North Texas.

UNT Opera and the UNT Symphony Orchestra will present the opera, based on Shakespeare’s immortal story, at 3 p.m. Sunday, 8 p.m. Nov. 16 and 3 p.m. Nov. 18 in the Lyric Theater at the Murchison Performing Arts Center.

“It’s a great masterpiece of the French opera repertoire,” UNT opera conductor Stephen Dubberly said in a news release. “It’s also a huge challenge, and it is very rare to find a university opera program capable of putting on a piece like this. It is truly a grand opera, and...