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Theater & art

Critics’ picks in Boston-area theater

Classic collage

URBAN NUTCRACKER Set to an engaging blend of Tchaikovsky and Duke Ellington, Anthony Williams’s multicultural version of the holiday classic irreverently mixes ballet and contemporary dance with a lively collage of movement styles, from hip-hop and tap to flamenco and rhythmic gymnastics. A delight. Through Dec. 23. $25-$125. John Hancock Hall.888-596-1027, www.backbayeventscenter.com Karen Campbell

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