The Nutcracker | Chopin Theatre | Theater & Performance, Holiday Shows | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 26 2010
Price: $15-$25
In this House Theatre of Chicago version of E.T.A. Hoffmann's classic holiday story, the nutcracker Uncle Drosselmeyer gives young Clara is a likeness of her older brother, who died in war a year before, plunging the family into mourning. The wooden soldier comes to life at midnight, leading Clara and her dolls in a crusade to help the household recover from its loss by reclaiming Christmas. Giant rats, of course, resist. Witty, energetic and charming--with crackerjack stagecraft, some excellent songs, and a comic vision that borrows skillfully from the Toy Story movies--the show draws special power from its stark confrontation with grief. It was first staged in 2007, and I hope the House folks keep bringing it back so that my one-year-old son can see it someday. --Dan Weissmann


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