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Great Russian Nutcracker 

When: Wed., Dec. 13, 7 p.m. and Thu., Dec. 14, 7 p.m. 2017
Price: $30-$70

Most think the Russians invented The Nutcracker. Not true: Tchaikovsky's famous suite and Maurice Petipa and Lev Ivanov's choreography for the Imperial Ballet were both based on an 1816 story by German gothic writer E.T.A. Hoffmann. Choreographer Anatoly Emelianov's 2003 version of what has become the world's most popular ballet takes liberties with the original; the child heroine who befriends the enchanted nutcracker prince is named Masha, not Clara, and, in the end, the two are a fully adult couple in love. (Well, they all have to grow up sometime, we guess.) Critics have praised the Moscow Ballet's "magnetic sense of theater" (The New York Times), its "lively and resourceful" style (Los Angeles Times), and the imaginative scenic designs of Carl Sprague, who designed sets for Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel. —Byron Woods

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