The hard nut

The Hard Nut Reviews

Cal Performances' Zellerbach Hall (Berkeley, CA)

Reviews & Ratings

65 ratings
4.5 average rating
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39 reviews
4 stars
attended Dec 15 2012

great music, wonderful choreography, and hilarious sense of humor!

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7 reviews
2 stars
attended Dec 15 2012

The concept was very entertaining, but much of the dancing was mediocre. The final pas de deux should have been thrilling. The music soared, but the two dancers seemed leaden.

The young man who played the younger brother was excellent. He made...continued

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1 review
0 stars
attended Dec 15 2012

This is a children's event,similar too but not a good as the Nutcracker.
Boring!

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423 reviews
71 stars
attended Dec 20 2012

Okay..not as funny as I was hoping but incredibly ingenious version of a Christmas favorite.

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23 reviews
18 stars
attended Dec 20 2012

We've seen this 3 times before - we love the show, but the last time we went, a few years ago, the crew seemed tired and not into it. HOWEVER this was BY FAR the best iteration of the Nutcracker ever! Maybe it's because Morris himself is playing...continued

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10 reviews
15 stars
attended Dec 15 2012

I cannot beleive that I have not seen a production of the Hard Nut before. I loved it. Best waltz of the snowflakes and opening party scene that I have ever seen. While the dancing was not (and maybe I was at on "off" performance), on par with...continued

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3 reviews
6 stars
attended Dec 22 2012

Amazing, creative and a joy!! Hate to say I was getting a bit bored with the original version of Nutcracker. This has inspired me to return to the annual viewing. Well done!!

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10 events
1 review
1 stars
attended Dec 15 2012

The Hard Nut is a Joy!
Watching it make me feel like I'm my 7 year old self, dancing in the living room with my sisters.

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127 reviews
30 stars
attended Dec 22 2012

A clever reinvention of a tired holiday classic, The Hard Nut tries very hard to entertain you - and succeeds as often as not. So what if the choreography (esp. for the "specialty" dances) is uninspired? So what if the dancing is the sloppiest...continued

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33 reviews
3 stars
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18 reviews
3 stars
attended Dec 20 2012

Great modern take on a classic. Sets, costumes and special effects were well done. Dancers were incredible, and it was fun to see Mark Morris on stage.

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16 reviews
0 stars
attended Dec 15 2012

Great show. Very funny and totally entertaining.

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13 reviews
1 stars
attended Dec 15 2012

Loved the performance, parking easy

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12 reviews
7 stars
attended Dec 15 2012

The show was very good and the cast did a wonderful job.We had good seats and it is a very nice venue. If you did not know the story of the Nutcracker it was a little hard to get the drift of the plot at first.

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9 reviews
1 stars
attended Dec 15 2012

Delightful. Fun. Good orchestra; good dancing. Good humor.

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9 reviews
2 stars
attended Dec 15 2012

I loved the excellent music, the creative and fantastic costumes, the off-the-wall antics, the campy atmosphere. The only drawback was our seats were on the side of the auditorium and a significant portion of the stage was blocked from our view...continued

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9 reviews
1 stars
attended Dec 20 2012

This is a Bay Area classic but it gets better every year. Brilliant dancing and theatrical production, fun and witty.

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8 reviews
7 stars
attended Dec 15 2012

Great fun! Wonderful re-working of a favorite ballet. Helpful to check the Zellerbach website for parking tips.

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8 reviews
18 stars
attended Dec 15 2012

Wonderful holiday event. Bright, colorful and astonishingly beautiful take on Nutcracker. Don't expect what you've seen before. I've seen enough typical Nutcrackers to last a lifetime, but could see this performance every year. Timely changes...continued

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7 reviews
0 stars
attended Dec 15 2012

As good as always, a truly great mix of traditional and irreverent. Full orchestra, choir, original score, and great choreography.

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