The Nutcracker | Chopin Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

The Nutcracker Recommended The Short List (Theater) Image Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 31 2015

The House Theatre's gorgeous, arresting annual holiday show bears only a faint resemblance to Tchaikovsky's ballet. Instead of bratty kids and sugarplum fairies, Jake Minton and Phillip Klapperich's tightly spun book introduces a family wracked by tragic loss. But magic still abounds, and in quantities that will bring a tear to the eye of even the stingiest Grinch. Though it isn't dance in the traditional sense, director Tommy Rapley's dazzling choreography infuses every scene. The show's one weakness might be the musical numbers, which are mercifully brief and few. But in plotting, performance, and visual design, it's a nearly flawless, truly essential all-ages holiday show. In a world of treacle and dross, that such a thing exists is a Christmas miracle of its own. —Keith Griffith

Price: $25-$45


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