San Francisco Ballet - The Nutcracker Reviews

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2.5 star rating John Ungar from San Francisco, California

HAVE A SPARE HOLIDAY

SF Ballet has managed to take much of the charm out of their Nutcracker. The awe inspiring huge growing tree of long past performances has been replaced by a not-so-grand one in the background. The fat, funny mouse king has been replaced by an ugly, unfunny snaggletoothed version. The sets, after the house interior party scene, have become so Spartan that is almost comical. Much of the dancing is observed onstage from a single, tiny, lonely sleigh rather than the grand, snow palace of the past productions - it looks lost and silly. The beautiful final scene of the sleigh soaring off the stage has been eliminated. Perhaps the grand sets are just too expensive now, as are some of the dancers. Many of the waltzing flower dancers seem to have been dropped. Fake snow, however, must be inexpensive as it is now used to such excess that the dancers are obscured. The dancers are terrific and orchestra superb, but the sets of the past mattered too. Much of the magic is, sadly gone.

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