Posts tagged ""The Nutcracker""

"The Nutcracker" (House Theatre of Chicago): Quest for Holiday Bliss

"The Nutcracker" (House Theatre of Chicago):  Quest for Holiday Bliss
The House Theatre of Chicago presents their annual holiday tradition, THE NUTCRACKER. This was my third time enjoying the holidays with House Theatre.  The classic tale by E.T.A. Hoffman, that is best known as Tchaikovsky’s ballet, has been completely overhauled by The House.  Playwrights Phillip Klapperich and Jake Minton combine joy, sorrow and joy for... Read more »

The Nutcracker (The Joffrey Ballet): Dazzling Christmas Tradition Loses No Luster

The Nutcracker (The Joffrey Ballet): Dazzling Christmas Tradition Loses No Luster
Reviewed by Tom Lawler Along with A Christmas Carol, The Nutcracker remains a pillar of theatrical entertainment every holiday season. While Dickens’ work imparts a moral lesson on the importance of family, love and generosity over material wealth, Nutcracker transports us to a Yuletide fantasia of battling mice and toy soldiers, a dancing sugar plum... Read more »

"The Nutcracker" (The Joffrey Ballet): This Gift is One-Size-Fits-All Perfection!

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... Read more »
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