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This Week in Arts: Jake Gyllenhaal on Stage; Penélope Cruz in ‘Everybody Knows’

This Week in Arts: Jake Gyllenhaal on Stage; Penélope Cruz in ‘Everybody Knows’

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Jake Gyllenhaal was already a movie star in 2012, when he first set foot on a New York stage, playing a ne’er-do-well in Nick Payne’s “If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet.” In 2015, when Gyllenhaal made his Broadway debut, it was as a bumbling lover in Payne’s brainy-romantic “Constellations.”

“A Life” is their latest collaboration, with Gyllenhaal as a man whose heart is too mired in mourning to love the way he needs it to. A monologue, it’s part of a double bill directed by Carrie Cracknell, in previews for an opening on Thursday, Feb. 14, at the Public Theater in Manhattan.

The other half of the program is “Sea Wall,” written by the Tony Award winner Simon Stephens and starring Tom Sturridge — Gyllenhaal’s co-star in the new Netflix movie “Velvet Buzzsaw” and a veteran of Stephens’s savage “Punk Rock.” Stephens here is far more tender, yet no less aware of mortality: Even in a sun-dappled life will come a moment when the ground falls abruptly away. LAURA COLLINS-HUGHES

Now, in “Everybody Knows,” Farhadi moves the melodrama to a small town in Spain, where Laura, played by Penélope Cruz, has returned from Argentina — but without her spouse — for her sister’s wedding. During it, Laura’s teenage daughter is abducted.

Javier Bardem (Cruz’s real-life husband) is Paco, Laura’s winemaking former lover, whose search for her child forces long-buried secrets to the surface. Tangled and tense, with moving performances from its romantic triangle, “Everybody Knows” opened the Cannes Film Festival in May, where it was nominated for the Palme d’Or.

“Everybody Knows” opens Friday, Feb. 8, in New York and Los Angeles, with a national rollout to follow. KATHRYN SHATTUCK

A cast of seven brings the stage to life with music by the revered post-minimalist composer Julius Eastman. Along with Ms. Westwater’s movement, which she described in an artist’s statement as dealing with “articulations of the body that vacillate between organized and disorganized,” the music is also key: “Rambler” features performances by the pianists Joseph Kubera, a collaborator of Eastman’s, as well as Adam Tendler; the composer and musician M. Lamar will also play an original composition in tribute to Eastman. For Ms. Westwater, it seems there’s more to pain than suffering. GIA KOURLAS

That fact could make his decision to take on a six-night residency at Greenwich Village’s minuscule Blue Note club seem counterintuitive — his last New York shows, after all, were two sold-out nights at the cavernous Brooklyn Steel club in 2017. But it promises a slate of yet-to-be-announced guests who will likely span this Los Angeles native’s ties to both jazz and pop. NATALIE WEINER

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