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You do the math

Triangles triumph in UNT’s ‘Proof’

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 Robert’s last doctoral students, Hal, discovers a proof in the master’s notebooks. That proof could be groundbreaking, but its authorship is uncertain.

Hal starts to fall for Catherine, and the possibility that the paradigm-shifting proof could be her work, not Robert’s, changes the equation for both Hal and Catherine.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in the Studio Theater in the UNT Radio, TV, Film and Performing Arts Building, at the corner of Welch and Chestnut streets.

Tickets cost $10 for adults, $7.50 for students and UNT faculty and staff. For reservations, call 940-565-2428.

— Staff report