I’ve seen The Nutcracker multiple times. In the 70’s, my family saw a version at the Arie Crown Theatre. Because my birthday is so close to Christmas, my parents were always trying to make it special. So, we traveled from Indiana to Chicago to see Ruth Page’s Chicago Opera Ballet perform The Nutcracker. Even though the actual performance is hazy sugar plum memories, I still recall the magical feeling that pirouetted me into a lifetime ballerina fascination.
The Joffrey Ballet presents The Nutcracker. It’s Christmastime. The annual festivities are in full-house merriment. Dr. Drosselmeyer arrives with a mysterious gift for his goddaughter Clara. It’s a nutcracker in the form of a soldier. Clara instantly loves it. Her brother instantly breaks it. To ease Clara’s heartache, Drosselmeyer takes her on a magical journey. She’s sees the Nutcracker Prince, along with her toys and candies, as life-size, breathing people. And they can dance! Oh yes, they can dance!!!! The Joffrey’s The Nutcracker is THE gift to share this season. As a date night, family time, or solo treat, this present is one-size-fits-all perfection!
Read the rest of my review at Chicago Theater Beat.