Kate Burton as Arkadina and Marc Vietor as Dorn

Credit: T. Charles Erickson

Arts This Week: Chekhov, Cave, Kentridge & Speed

March 13, 2014

A sure bet for theater goers this weekend is seeing the lovely actress Kate Burton in Chekhov's play The Seagull, presented by the Huntington.  For museum goers, explore new art made from old objects and explore time with video as the medium with two great exhibits installed at the ICA. 

The Seagull, Presented by the Huntington Theatre Company, it plays at their B.U. Theatre through April 6th

Tony and Emmy Award nominee Kate Burton and her son Morgan Ritchie will play mother and son onstage together for the first time when they return to the Huntington Theatre Company for a lush new production of this passionate Chekhov classic. Huntington favorite Maria Aitken will direct the Paul Schmidt translation of the classic of world drama about love, missed connections, and what it means to be an artist.

» See my full-length interview with Ms. Burton on a recent episode of Open Studio.

Nick Cave and William Kentridge: The Refusal of Time, Both shows are on view at the ICA through May 4th.

Nick Cave is known for his “Soundsuits”, full-body outfits crafted from discarded objects found in antique shops and flea markets. Part sculpture, part costume, the colorful works of art can be displayed as objects, and also feature in performances. This show presents a selection of new Cave creations bursting with ceramic flowers and birds, beads, and other cast-off oddities, as well as several new Soundsuits and large bas-relief sculptures that Cave calls “paintings.”

Situated on the border between art and science, The Refusal of Time explores our grasp of time in its various manifestations—from the first synchronization of clocks that took place in the 19th century through Albert Einstein’s understanding of relativity and current ideas surrounding black holes and string theory. This 30-minute video installation features live action, song, and the innovative animation for which Kentridge is known and is based upon years of discussion about different historical conceptions of time between Kentridge and Peter Galison, professor of History of Science at Harvard University.

Need for Speed, In theaters Friday.

Return to the great car culture films of the 1960s and ’70s with this fun and inventive film almost fulfills the 70s-era car movie it aims to be, it’s rather enjoyable and gets legitimacy from actors like Aaron Paul. The story chronicles a near-impossible cross-country journey for our heroes — one that begins as a mission for revenge, but proves to be one of redemption. The film is based on the most successful racing video game franchise, with over 140 million copies of "Need for Speed" already sold.

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