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University Theatre’s ‘Mr. Burns’ ends 2016-2017 season on a bold note

University Theatre’s final production of the 2016-2017 season is ending the school year not with a fizzle but a bang. Playwright Anne Washburn’s 2012 creation, “Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play,” is a bold and unabashedly weird piece of art that follows survivors of a nuclear apocalypse as they remember and …

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UO Theatre’s apocalyptic ‘Mr. Burns’ opens Thursday

University of Oregon’s last play of the 2016-17 season will be playwright Anne Washburn’s daring show “Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play.” “Mr. Burns” follows a group of survivors after global disaster as they recount “The Simpsons’” episode “Cape Feare.” As the survivors try to rebuild society, the events of the …

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Upstart Crow provides theatre experiences for kids of all skill sets

Eularee Smith believes in the value of the everyday child. With a background in music education and special education, she noticed the shrinking of arts programs in public schools and decided to act on it. She has worked in both public and private education for 45 years and is now …

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Russian Theater class culminates in presentation of play ‘The Lady Peasant’

Russian Through Theater is not your average language course. Instead of sitting in a classroom conjugating verbs, students create a play based on a selected work of Russian literature. Throughout winter term, students learn about different authors, create a full-length play and rehearse in Russian. All of this work culminates …

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Things to do this week: Feb. 16-22: ‘The Fruit Stand’ reading, Dimond Saints, Free Speech

Thursday, Feb. 16: Play Reading: “The Fruit Stand” by Sravya Tadepelli at Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (1430 Johnson Ln.), 4 p.m., free Political science major and playwright Sravya Tadepelli wrote “The Fruit Stand” in response to the 2015 church shooting in Charleston, North Carolina. The play’s events are fictionalized …

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University Theatre’s ‘Emperor of the Moon’ generates laughter and whimsy at the Hope Theater

University Theatre’s most recent production, Aphra Behn’s Emperor of the Moon, was a fresh and wonderful take on Restoration-era theatre from the 1600s. Due to its use of Early Modern English, Restoration theatre has a reputation for being difficult to comprehend. This version of Emperor was a great melding of …

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University Theatre enters last weekend of ‘The Emperor of the Moon’

University Theatre’s second play of the season, The Emperor of the Moon, presents a modern twist on comedy from 1687. Playwright Aphra Behn is known in the theatre world as the female Shakespeare — she wrote in the middle to late 1600s and made a career out of playwriting before …

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Fools Haven’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’ lacks focus, struggles to revive popular play

Romeo and Juliet, arguably William Shakespeare’s most famous work, is a hard play to successfully produce. It’s not an easy task to stage this play in a genuine and fresh way because of the challenges Shakespeare’s language presents. When done well, it can be transcendent; when not, it can flop. …

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‘Romeo and Juliet’ production to feature three-quarter sized replica model of Globe Theater

This weekend, Springfield’s Wildish Community Theater will host a performance of William Shakespeare’s classic play Romeo and Juliet. The theater will be decorated with a three-quarter sized replica of London’s Globe Theater, which is where Shakespeare first premiered Romeo and Juliet more than four centuries ago. The performances will run Jan. …

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‘Fences’ and ‘Angels in America’ make the case for stage-to-screen adaptations

Theatre is an art form that has been around for thousands of years with its origins in Ancient Greece. The theatre’s counterpart, film, has had a relatively short history with the first movies being made in the late 1800s. Filmmakers and TV producers have been adapting theatrical works like plays …

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Things to do this week: Dec. 1-7: Sleigh’r Ball, Louis the Child and Toruk – The First Flight

Friday, Dec. 2: Fall Dance Loft at the Dougherty Dance Theatre (1484 University St.), 8 p.m., students $5, general $10 The University of Oregon Dance Department will host the 2016 Fall Dance Loft, a night of dance showcasing multiple works. The event will include a diverse range of performances and …

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‘Dark Knight: The Musical’ is Pocket Playhouse’s first original musical

Riley Mulvihill, director of Pocket Playhouse’s most recent production, Dark Knight: The Musical, says it’s Batman’s time to shine. Pocket Playhouse is a student-run theatre company, and as Mulvihill told the Emerald in an interview at the green room of Villard Hall, “Spiderman already has his musical. It’s time for …

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Review: ‘James Joyce’s The Dead’ spreads holiday warmth at the Robinson Theatre

James Joyce’s The Dead, the first of five University Theatre shows this season, is not simply a musical, according to director Michael Malek Najjar. Instead, it lives in a world between a play with music where the plot is portrayed mainly through dialogue, and a musical like Cats where the …

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Things to do this week Oct. 27-Nov. 2: ‘Rocky Horror,’ ‘Here, There, and Everywhere,’ Shakespeare

Thursday Oct. 27: “Motoring Out of Time: Histories of Technology and Development in Tanzania” at Knight Library Browsing Room (1501 Kincaid St.), 12-1:15 p.m., free Led by Dr. Joshua Grace, a renowned historian, this lecture will focus on cultures of technology, mobility and development in Tanzania from the 1870s to …

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Setting the stage for Arab-American theater

Each school year brings a new season of theatrical productions to the University of Oregon theatre department. Past pieces have included classics such as Shakespeare, the French playwright Moliere and musicals like the notorious Bat Boy. Last year, Michael Malek Najjar directed Scorched, a contemporary drama about the conflict in …

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Things to do this week: Carl Verheyen at WOW Hall, Beer 101, Get The Led Out at McDonald Theatre

Featured: Monday, Sept. 12 — Carl Verheyen Band at WOW Hall (291 W 8th Ave, Eugene, OR 97401) The Carl Verheyen Band will be making their third appearance at WOW Hall this week as part of their The Grand Design Tour 2016. The tour will continue all along the west …

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Inside the theater prop room

Take a tour of the prop room under Robinson Theater in the Miller Theater Complex and enjoy all of the old treasures stored there.

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‘Pon Farr,’ Trek Theatre’s first Star Trek musical, takes song and dance to the final frontier

Have you ever watched Star Trek and wondered: “Why is no one singing? Why is no one dancing?” If so, you’re in luck. Trek Theatre, the beloved Eugene theater troupe known for its public performances of Star Trek episodes, is about to debut its first musical. Pon Farr: A Green-Blooded …

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‘Bechdel Test Burlesque’ brings together nerd culture, feminism and dance

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story said that the online campaign known as Gamergate was collectively behind some reports of harassment against women in video game culture. The instances are from a select few people, not necessarily the ethos of the movement as a whole. JoJo Stilletto’s first …

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‘Stage Kiss’ pushes the boundaries of technical theater

One scene of the latest University Theatre play has over 25 technical cues in a matter of 120 seconds.

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Preview: UO Russian Theater program’s play ‘Eugene Oregin’ is set to premiere tonight

Looking to add a little bit of culture to your weekend? Check out Eugene Oregin – a university Russian Theater production, for a free evening of laughs and enthralling drama. There will be two showtimes: Saturday, March 5 at 7:30pm and Sunday, March 6 for a matinee show at 2:30pm …

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Weekend Calendar 3/4-3/6

Eugene:  Jersey Boys, Friday at 8 p.m., Hult Center (1 Eugene Center) $47.50. The Tony Award-winning Broadway hit Jersey Boys will be performed at the Hult Center this weekend. Many already know the Cinderella-story plot of four charming Jersey boys who rise from singing under a streetlamp together to being …

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Preview: University theater’s production of ‘Scorched’ bound to stir audiences

The house lights fall, only to be replaced by brighter lights illuminating the stage. The bright colors of costumes bounce off huge video projection screens; a masked stage chorus sings as piercing live gunfire interrupts. Scorched is not your typical play. It is full of fantastical elements and serves as a …

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What to do this weekend in Eugene and Portland: 2/26-28

Weekend Calendar 2/26-2/28: Eugene TroyBoi at McDonald Theater, Friday at 9 p.m., 1010 Willamette St. various prices. While musician TroyBoi is described by his agency as well adept “extraordinarily unique, versatile and highly musical trap beats,” he has also experimented with producing genres outside of trap. Attendees on Friday night can …

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Preview: Opera ‘Orfeo ed Euridice’ opens this weekend

The opera Orfeo ed Euridice put on by the School of Music and Dance will open its musical adaptation of the Greek myth Orpheus and Eurydice, directed by Dr. Karen Esquivel this weekend. The story of Orfeo ed Euridice is a whirlwind of tragedy, adventure and love. The story begins …

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Art on the body: Technical skills and artistic talent meet in UO costume design

The house lights fall over the audience as the show is about to begin. The stage lights up and the crowd claps excitedly as the first actor walks out, dressed head-to-toe in grand Renaissance garb, transporting everyone back in time, and setting up the entire show for what’s to come. When …

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Review: The Eugene Ballet Company gave a charming and graceful performance with ‘Sleeping Beauty’

Dancers from the Eugene Ballet Company performed The Sleeping Beauty at the Hult Center on October 24th.

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Q&A: Toni Pimble of the Eugene Ballet Company on ‘The Sleeping Beauty’

Toni Pimble, Artistic Director at the Eugene Ballet Company, spoke to the Emerald about an upcoming performance of The Sleeping Beauty.

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Preview: Radio Redux presents a Unique Theatrical Experience with “The Thin Man”

Friday night debuts a new season of Radio Redux’s radio-theater experience, with the show “The Thin Man.”

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Q&A: UO’s David Rodriguez prepares to present “Sonrisa del Coyote,” an original, award winning play this fall

Award-winning play “Sonrisa del Coyote,” directed by UO graduate David Rodriguez, will open Oct. 22. Check out our Q&A with Rodriguez to find out about the play.

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