The Nutcracker: Puppets, Songs & More in House Theatre's Ballet-Free Adaptation
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Featured review from Paul NRed Velvet
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We saw this performance four years ago and knew that we would take our nieces when they were ready. They are now 8, 8 and 6 and the time has come. It was great. One of them actually sat on the edge of her seat through the entire performance. It's funny, it's sad, and it's scary - and it all is easy to follow and makes sense. I can't say enough for the actors and the musical quartet. The violin and cello add greatly to the "feeling." There were a couple of younger kids squirming, crying and in general making a fuss. Mom thought it was cute; the rest of us did not. This is a great show for adults, teens and younger kids when they are ready. Everyone should see it.
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“Four out of four stars … Over the years I’ve watched families leave this show moving closer together. … It’s moving, family-friendly, richly imaginative and distinctive.” —Chicago Tribune
“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. … it’s a nearly flawless, truly essential all-ages holiday show.” —Chicago Reader
This production is recommended for ages 6 and older. Please see the show’s website for a parental guide with information about the show’s themes and subject matter.