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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Friday To-Do: 'Great Russian Nutcracker'

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‘GREAT RUSSIAN NUTCRACKER'
7:30 p.m., Robinson Center Music Hall. $25-$65.

Goodbye Thanksgiving, hello holiday season madness. But before you get overwhelmed, perhaps a little “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies” will get you in the right spirit. Chances are you've seen some iteration of this Tchaikovsky classic, but performed by real Russians? Here's your chance. The Moscow Ballet, a touring group active since the early '90s, offers a unique spin on the original ballet. Choreographer Anatoly Emelianov sets Act II in the “Land of Peace and Harmony,” where doves fly and there's no war or suffering. If you miss the doves and don't catch the lack of suffering, a “whimsical, giant, six-handed grandfather clock,” new this year, will signal the transition. The elaborate sets, paired with giant puppets of unicorns and other animals, are likely to be worth the price of admission alone.

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