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Cal Performances' Zellerbach Hall
Bancroft Way and Telegraph Avenue Berkeley, CA 94720
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4.4 / 5 Rated by 94 members
Review from Rodney Anderson
Red Velvet 444 events 335 reviews

Lots of fun and a different take on the holiday show.

reviewed Dec 11 2009 report as inappropriate
Review from Bob S.
Red Velvet 274 events 258 reviews

We loved it! Not a traditional Nutcracker as some of the lower scored reviews seem to indicate what people are expecting. There is "dance" throughout the show but not hardcore 'ballet' as is the norm. And often there's so much happening on stage...continued

reviewed Dec 17 2009 report as inappropriate
Review from Theatre Fan
Red Velvet 157 events 139 reviews

Hip, odd, unique, unexpected, bizarre and occasionally gender bending - this interpretation of the Nutcracker is appropriate for dance lovers and avoiders alike. Very entertaining and highly recommended.

reviewed Dec 11 2009 report as inappropriate
Review from Ingenue
Red Velvet 173 events 65 reviews

This was an amazing production with gorgeously, outlandish costumes and some impressive dancing. This show infused a fresh breath of air into an old standard for me. I would definitely see this show again & take a few family members to see it as...continued

reviewed Dec 12 2009 report as inappropriate
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The beloved Bay Area tradition continues as Mark Morris’s immortal The Hard Nut — a glorious and heartfelt reimagining of the Nutcracker tale — returns to its favorite holiday home! “Seriously entertaining, gorgeously danced, and improbably touching” (San Francisco Chronicle), this holiday classic is depicted with tremendous humor and wit by way of fantastic costumes and comic-book sets based on the drawings of artist Charles Burns. Morris’s unique interpretation faithfully celebrates Tchaikovsky’s complete original musical score. But what distinguishes The Hard Nut is the tenderness behind Morris’s dazzling wit, the brilliance of the dancing itself, and scenes of deeply felt emotion.

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