Princess Kaiulani

Responsibility comes quickly to a young heir to the Hawaiian throne

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The young actor Q'orianka Kilcher turns in a subtle, sensitive performance as Princess Kaiulani. A member of the Hawaiian royal family during the monarchy's last days in 1888, the 17-year-old princess is sent to England when civil war breaks out. Overcoming culture shock (the British consider her more a novelty than a princess), Kaiulani falls in love with an Englishman. But her joy is short-lived; news reaches her that her aunt, Queen Lili'uokalani has been overthrown and is under arrest. Torn between pursuing her own happiness and fulfilling her responsibility to her people, Princess Kaiulani must make the choice of a lifetime. Considered the monarchy's last hope, the princess once said, "I seem to have my life planned out for me in such a way that I cannot alter it." 11:55 p.m. River Oaks Theatre, 2009 West Gray. For information, call 713-866-8881 or visit www.landmarktheatres.com. $6.50 to $9.50.
Fri., June 11, 11:55 p.m., 2010

 
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