Jake Paris’s Event Journal

Nutcracker 111408 original
Friday December 19, 2008 / 7:30pm
Kirov Ballet: The Nutcracker
2 tickets
Founders Circle (1st Balcony)

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Drab, tacky, amateurish production, very smiley and hammy, over-gestured performances, with sloppy ensemble work from the corps and a lifeless performance from the orchestra, all at the service of an incoherent, jumbled story. The Mariinsky Ballet needs a major overhaul. I can't imagine an American company opening a Nutcracker as poor in almost every way as this one is.