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‘The Lion King’
“If a movie could be judged solely on technique, ‘The Lion King’ might qualify as a great one. And it kind of wants to be judged that way — for its technical skin rather than its dramatic soul,” A.O. Scott wrote in his review of the new super-realistic version of the Disney favorite. Once the voices start up (and these are some voices: Beyoncé, Donald Glover and Seth Rogen, to name a few), he added, “we are in a comfortable and familiar pop-cultural space, even if the talking beasts don’t look much like cartoons.”
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Apollo 11 Celebrations
“Saturday brings the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11, the first mission to send astronauts to the lunar surface, and festivals, exhibitions, screenings and even stand-up comedy will commemorate the landing,” Laurel Graeber writes. She highlights some of the festivities commemorating the anniversary, including a celebration in Times Square, screenings at the Paley Center for Media, a virtual-reality experience created by Laurie Anderson and Hsin-Chien Huang at the American Museum of Natural History and much more.
[Read a roundup of events celebrating the mission.]
10 Must-See Art Exhibitions
As the temperature climbs this weekend, consider venturing out to one of 10 museum exhibitions recommended by the art critics for The New York Times. These are first-rate shows, several of which are closing soon, including “Augusta Savage: Renaissance Woman” at the New-York Historical Society and “T.C. Cannon: At the Edge of America” at the National Museum of the American Indian.
[Read the recommendations of the Times’s critics.]
Robert W. Wilson MCC Theater Space
‘Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow’
Halley Feiffer’s adaptation of Chekhov’s “Three Sisters,” Jesse Green writes in his review, “isn’t so much adapted as lifted intact, then sliced, colorized and confettied.” Directed by Trip Cullman and starring Tavi Gevinson, Rebecca Henderson and Chris Perfetti as the sisters, it’s an “amusing stunt of a play,” he added, “Chekhov’s skeleton given a ‘Mean Girls’ makeover.” Through Aug. 3; mcctheater.org.
[Read Jesse Green’s review.]
David H. Koch Theater, Lincoln Center
‘The Magic Flute’
This well-traveled production had its New York premiere on Wednesday as part of the Mostly Mozart Festival. In his review, Anthony Tommasini says the director Barrie Kosky — who created the piece with the director and writer Suzanne Andrade and the animator Paul Barritt in 2012 — embraced the opera’s “myriad styles and contradictions, its messy mix of fantasy, profundity and silliness.” In addition to a cast of winning singers, Mr. Tommasini continued, “the conductor Louis Langrée draws a lithe, articulate and elegant performance from the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra. Through Saturday; mostlymozart.org.
Nicole Herrington is the Weekend Arts editor @nikkih04
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