Two more reviews. From Theodore Bale in the Boston Herald:
Acting sweetens ‘Nutcracker’More from the Herald
There’s something new going on at the Opera House. Boston Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” may have the same choreography as last year’s version, but this year there is more emphasis on acting. The production is a reminder that “Nutcracker” is not only a classical ballet but also a true work of theater.
From Iris Fanger in the Patriot Ledger:
Boston Ballet’s ‘Nutcracker’ still a delight
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By now, this version of “The Nutcracker” belongs firmly to company director Mikko Nissinen, who has changed enough of the 19th century-Marius Petipa choreography that had been provided by so many hands in the past.
Nissinen has diminished the roles for the children, or at least limited them to certain scenes, and brushed up the dancing. He has succeeded best in the classically astute passages for the corps de ballet ....