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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 26 2012
Price: $25
During the holidays, you can't swing a candy cane without smacking somebody's rewrite of A Christmas Carol or It's a Wonderful Life. Why shouldn't The Nutcracker get the same treatment? Here, adapters Jake Minton and Phillip Klapperich expand E.T.A Hoffman's classic Christmas fable into the story of a family's return to normalcy after losing their son. House Theatre of Chicago has been staging this imaginative and inventive version since 2007, and since then, it's more than earned a place in the roster of exceptional Chicago holiday shows. I was teary-eyed in less than five minutes. Director/choreographer Tommy Rapley provides a near-perfect staging featuring a live band and notable performances from Paige Collins as the doe-eyed Clara and Brenda Barrie as the grieving mother. —Dan Jakes


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