The Week in Arts: Renée Zellweger as aTemptress; Tilda Swinton and her Daughter as Co-Stars
Art: More or Less Bone
Through July 29; sculpture-center.org
Jean-Luc Moulène designed his 28-foot-long fiberglass sculpture “More or Less Bone” in session with French aerospace engineers. In looking for an environment friendly resolution to an arbitrary mathematical downside, they arrived at a form as functional-looking as a crowbar. It’s not that it isn’t sophisticated. But its gaps, crossbeams and pockets are all linked with a minimal of fuss, and its bulges are smoothed out as if to withstand currents of air or blood. Just what the item’s sensible objective could possibly be, alternatively, is tough to think about — except it’s to occupy the beautiful former trolley restore store in Long Island City that now homes the nonprofit SculptureCenter. That it does to perfection. WILL HEINRICH
Ismenia Mendes in “Mac Beth.”CreditCarol Rosegg
Theater: Red Bull’s Schoolgirl ‘Mac Beth’
Through June 9, redbulltheater.com
A starvation for hegemony doesn’t pair properly with sugar and spice, so ambition is a type of cravings that women are taught to manage. But in Erica Schmidt’s “Mac Beth,” women clad of their school-uniform jumpers enact one of the crucial blood-soaked tales of ruthlessness within the canon, morphing into the Scots of Shakespeare’s “Macbeth.”
Presented by Red Bull Theater, which has a boldly revivifying approach with the classics, Schmidt’s modern adaptation makes use of Shakespeare’s textual content and an all-female solid of seven. Isabelle Fuhrman — who gave a thoughtfully nuanced efficiency two years in the past as a youngster in Schmidt’s Off Broadway dramedy “All the Fine Boys” — stars as Macbeth, reverse Ismenia Mendes (“Marys Seacole”) as Lady Macbeth. AnnaSophia Robb (Hulu’s “The Act”), in her stage debut, performs one of many witches. In previews on the Lucille Lortel Theater in Greenwich Village, it opens on Sunday, May 19. LAURA COLLINS-HUGHES
TV: Renée Zellweger Makes an Irresistible Offer in ‘What/If’
May 24; Netflix.com
These days, the trendiest accent for Hollywood hotshots is a streaming sequence of their very own. And now Renée Zellweger has hers.
In Netflix’s “What/If,” a neo-noir social thriller from Mike Kelley (“Revenge”) debuting on Friday, May 24, Zellweger purrs as Anne Montgomery, a ruthless San Francisco enterprise capitalist and crafty femme fatale.
“Nothing worthwhile is ever achieved with out sacrifice,” she scolds, her pillow lips pursed with dedication. “And true greatness solely involves these keen to pursue it at any price.”
And pursue she does. Her prey: Sean Donovan (Blake Jenner), a former baseball pitcher, and his scientist spouse, Lisa (Jane Levy), who discover themselves in Montgomery’s silken clutches after she affords to finance Lisa’s foundering medical start-up in trade for a steamy evening with Sean.
Well, how may a few cash-starved dreamers resist? With solely two episodes obtainable for assessment, it’s laborious to know the place the sequence, with its overtones of “Indecent Proposal,” is headed. But Zellweger slinks by way of them with a pantherlike eroticism we’ve seldom seen from the “Bridget Jones” star, and it fits her. KATHRYN SHATTUCK
Ligia Lewis’s “minor matter.” CreditMartha Glenn
Dance: Ligia Lewis at Performance Space
May 21, 22, 28, 29; performancespacenewyork.org
In Ligia Lewis’s unflinching “Blue, Red, White” triptych, shade expresses greater than a visible aspect. Her consideration of race and melancholy led to “Sorrow Swag,” the primary dance, which was awash in blue gentle and seen in New York at Abrons Arts Center in 2016.
Now, the No Series at Performance Space New York hosts the second and third components of the triptych by Lewis, a Berlin-based dance artist born within the Dominican Republic. In the second half, “minor matter” (May 21-22), the colour is pink and the main focus is on the area between love and rage.
The finale, “Water Will (in Melody),” May 28-29, within the spirit of a Southern gothic melodrama, continues her investigation into the hyperlink between the physique and the black field area of the theater. While that is probably the most specific work within the sequence, it’s also probably the most summary. It comes all the way down to Lewis’s provocative query: How does white exist in relation to black? GIA KOURLAS
Film: Like Mother, Like Daughter in ‘The Souvenir’
The director Joanna Hogg and the actress Tilda Swinton have identified one another since they had been 10. When the childhood pals met in Scotland to speak about “The Souvenir” — a reminiscence piece woven from Hogg’s life — and Swinton’s position as Rosalind, the mom character, there was nonetheless a lacking piece. Who would play Julie, the daughter?
Then Hogg had a short encounter with Swinton’s personal daughter, Honor Swinton Byrne, and noticed Julie in entrance of her, she stated on the Berlinale in February.
In “The Souvenir,” Byrne shimmers as a shy and uncomfortably upper-class filmmaker in early 1980s London who falls for Anthony (Tom Burke), a dandyish underling within the Foreign Office who can also be a heroin addict. His charismatic conceitedness burrows into her insecurities, whereas his self-destructive tendencies threaten to destroy her together with him.
Hazy, poetic and spilling over with aching romanticism, “The Souvenir” exposes the uncooked nerve of the type of determined love that modifications lives. It opens on Friday, May 17, in New York and Los Angeles with a nationwide rollout to comply with. And the story isn’t completed: Byrne and Swinton have signed on to make “The Souvenir: Part II” with Robert Pattinson. KATHRYN SHATTUCK
Gianandrea Noseda main the National Symphony Orchestra.Credit scoreAndrew Caballero-Reynolds/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images
Classical Music: National Orchestra Arrives at Carnegie
May 19, carnegiehall.org
The National Symphony Orchestra, a stalwart Washington establishment that always goes underrecognized, doesn’t play Carnegie Hall notably usually: Its final look was in 2013, as a part of the Spring for Music pageant. But fallout from Italian musical politics has created a possibility, and an engagement within the corridor on May 19. The conductor Gianandrea Noseda had been scheduled to conduct the Teatro Regio Torino firm in a Verdi opera at Carnegie, till he clashed with its administration and resigned as director there final yr. Instead Noseda will lead the National Symphony — which has steadily improved since he grew to become its music director in 2017 — in Liszt’s “Dante” Symphony and Rossini’s “Stabat Mater,” joined by the University of Maryland’s Concert Choir. WILLIAM ROBIN
Julia Michaels.CreditRyan Pavlov
Pop Music: Julia Michaels at Bowery Ballroom
May 20; ticketfly.com
When Julia Michaels was nominated for Best New Artist ultimately yr’s Grammys, she wasn’t truly new in any respect. The singer-songwriter, now 25, started penning songs for TV as a youngster; alongside her path to the solo highlight, she earned writing credit on chart-toppers like Justin Bieber’s “Sorry,” Selena Gomez’s “Good For You,” and Nick Jonas’ “Close.”
Then, Michaels wrote a track too private at hand off to a different artist. “Issues,” her 2017 breakout, is a surprisingly ebullient ode to relationships sophisticated by psychological points — a subject that she unpacks additional on songs like “Happy,” from the “Inner Monologue Part 1” EP launched in January. Michaels performs Bowery Ballroom on Monday in assist of the EP, however she clearly has her sights set greater: “I’m wondering if we’ll ever play arenas,” she not too long ago mused to Twitter followers. OLIVIA HORN