Bloody Macbeth at BAM, Teller's Spooks, Divas, Jazz, Goya: N.Y. Weekend
Three geniuses converge at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival for “Throne of Blood.”
Ping Chong’s Noh-inspired theater piece is based on Akira Kurosawa’s adaptation of “Macbeth.” Chong, who mixes Japanese stagecraft with modern multimedia, created this exquisite production for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.
Friday night at 7:30 at the BAM Opera House, 30 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn. Information: +1-718-636-4100; http://www.bam.org
Return to the Harlem Renaissance at Charles Smith’s “Knock Me a Kiss.” With Tony-winning actor Andre De Shields as the black intellectual and activist W.E.B. Du Bois, the new play concerns the marriage of the poet Countee Cullen to Du Bois’s daughter. Had you been going to premieres at Woodie King Jr.’s New Federal Theater for years, you would have seen the early work of such future stars as Denzel Washington. Don’t miss this chance see one of the still-greats.
New Federal Theater performs at the Abrons Arts Center, 466 Grand St. Information: +1-212-598-0400; http://www.newfederaltheatre.org.
On the opera front: Plummy diva Anna Netrebko has fun in “Don Pasquale” and so will you, in this revival also starring Matthew Polenzani and Mariusz Kwiecien. John Del Carlo plays the old goat. James Levine conducts.
William Christie finally makes his Metropolitan Opera debut with “Cosi fan tutte,” in a pretty production starring Miah Persson and Isabel Leonard as the misbehaving sisters, Danielle de Niese as their cynical maid Despina and Pavol Breslik and Nathan Gunn as the silly lovers.
“Pasquale” is at 1 p.m. “Cosi” at 8 p.m.
Lincoln Center, Broadway at West 66th Street. Information: +1-212-362-2000; http://www.metopera.org
Next door to the Met there’s a rare sighting of “Intermezzo,” a comedy Richard Strauss wrote about himself and his famously annoying wife. (After the world premiere in 1924, when Frau Strauss was congratulated on the musical love letter from her husband, she said, “I don’t give a damn.”) Mary Dunleavy plays the ex-diva with considerable panache.
Another option Saturday night for jazz lovers: Guitarist John McLaughlin, one of Miles Davis’s original co-conspirators in the development of fusion, makes a rare appearance at Town Hall with his latest group, the 4th Dimension. They’re promoting a new album “To the One,” a riff on John Coltrane’s masterpiece, “A Love Supreme.”
At 123 W. 43rd St. Information: +1-212-307-4100; http://www.ticketmaster.com
Head to the Frick Collection for a luxurious time with Spanish drawings.
Don’t miss Jusepe de Ribera’s two-chalk technique in “David and Goliath,” along with works by Carducho, Maella and Bayeu in the first room. Then move on to admire works from Goya’s eight cycles featuring the themes of his day, like mutilation, mystery and torture.
Before leaving, stop by the Oval Room for a look at Velazquez’s recently cleaned, but still doleful, portrait of Philip IV of Spain.
“The Spanish Manner: Drawings from Ribera to Goya” is up through Jan. 9.
At 1 E. 70th St. Information: +1-212-288-0700; http://www.frick.org
If your date isn’t clutching you for comfort at “Play Dead” in Greenwich Village, it may be time to find another companion.
Before the lights go out, master of deathly ceremonies Todd Robbins warns that you won’t see be able to see your own hands in the pitch dark. It’s true. Modeled on the “midnight spook show,” an American institution from the 1930s to the 1970s, “Play Dead” is a fright-filled magic show. Folks with weak tickers should probably steer clear. Teller, of the magic team Penn & Teller, co-wrote and directed.
Afterward have a drink, amazing pasta and even better people-watching at Mario Batali’s Lupa Osteria Romana.
At 170 Thompson St. Information: +1-212-982-5089.
(With assistance from Zinta Lundborg, Lili Rosboch and Philip Boroff. Jeremy Gerard is an editor and critic for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. The opinions expressed are his own.)
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