Tchaikovsky's classic ballet, "The Nutcracker," adapted from E.T.A. Hoffmann's story "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King," has been a holiday staple in the United States since the 1950s. Over the decades, variations of the production have evolved to reflect a diverse array of dance communities. This year, Bostonians can choose from five different productions of "The Nutcracker," each with its own special presentation.
Iris Fanger - A Boston-based theater and dance critic and arts historian, Fanger has written for the Patriot Ledger, the Christian Science Monitor, the New York Times and Dance Magazine.
The "Urban Nutcracker" will be at Boch Center Shubert Theatre Dec. 20-30.
The "The Hip Hop Nutcracker" will be at the Emerson Colonial Theatre Dec. 15 and 16.