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Things to Do in New York This Weekend: MoMA and the Tonys

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The Museum of Modern Art is closing soon for a four-month renovation. It is scheduled to reopen Oct. 21.CreditJeenah Moon for The New York Times

With the museum closing on June 15 for a four-month renovation, our critics assess the challenges that lie ahead, pay homage to favorite works and catch up with shows. Roberta Smith, Holland Cotter, Michael Kimmelman and our other critics fanned out, took stock and reported back. Read our package, and then use it as a guide when you visit the museum before it shuts down next weekend.

Last Call at MoMA!
With the museum closing for renovations on June 15, our critics catch up with shows and pay homage to their favorite works.

Sunday at 8 p.m. on CBS

Reeve Carney in “Hadestown.”CreditSara Krulwich/The New York Times

Michael Paulson has been conducting our annual survey of Tony Award voters ahead of Sunday’s ceremony. It’s pretty clear, he writes, that “Hadestown,” the folk- and jazz-inflected journey to the underworld, seems to be a shoo-in for best musical; and that “The Ferryman,” Jez Butterworth’s sprawling drama, is leading in the race for best play. Get up to speed with Paulson’s take on what is likely to happen in eight key categories and more.

Broadway’s Big Night
The nominees, the predictions — what to read before the Tonys are handed out on Sunday.

Movie Theaters Nationwide

Mindy Kaling, left, who wrote and co-stars in the movie, with Emma Thompson. Kaling’s character, Molly, is an optimist who has what the late-night host has lost: a love of TV.CreditEmily Aragones/Amazon Studios

Emma Thompson, playing a talk-show host trying to salvage her longtime show, is doing “some of her very best work, which is saying a lot,” A.O. Scott wrote in his review of this sharp and sincere comedy written by and co-starring Mindy Kaling. “Every time you think ‘Late Night’ is settling into familiar tropes — about workplace politics, mean bosses, long marriages, fish out of water, bootstraps and how to pull them — it shifts a few degrees and finds a fresh perspective,” Scott wrote.

[Our critic reviews “Late Night.”]


In Limited Release Across the U.S.

Jimmie Fails in the movie, which was directed by one of his longtime friends, Joe Talbot.CreditAdam Newport-Berra/A24

“Astonishing” is how Manohla Dargis describes this film “about having little in a grab-what-you-can world.” She continued: “It’s the haunting, elegiac story of Jimmie Fails — playing a version of himself — a young man trying to hold onto a sense of home in San Francisco.” You’ll want to read the rest of her glowing review, and then check your local art house movie theaters to see if it’s playing near you.

[Our critic reviews “The Last Black Man in San Francisco.”]


Sunday at 9 P.M. on HBO

From left, Shailene Woodley, Zoë Kravitz, Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman and Laura Dern, in a scene from “Big Little Lies.” The so-called Monterey Five begin Season 2 trying to put to rest a corpse that won’t stay buried.CreditJennifer Clasen/HBO

Anyone who watched the first season of this hit HBO show probably both craved and was skeptical about a second season. James Poniewozik admitted to having those feelings in his review of Season 2. But, he wrote, “Here’s the good news: It worked a lot better than I feared. ‘Big Little Lies’ continues to offer the sharp, dark-comedic observations that made the first season one of the great thrills of 2017.” If that weren’t reason enough to tune in, Meryl Streep has joined the series, too, as a “drab and terrifying” mother seeking answers about her son’s death.

[Our critic’s full “Big Little Lies” review.]

In Case You Missed It…
What to catch up on this weekend.

Source: NYT

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