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DANCE REVIEW

Boston Ballet returns with a full staging of ‘The Nutcracker’

Boston Ballet artistic director Mikko Nissinen’s “Nutcracker” is, as always, packed with thoughtful touches. And children have returned to the cast this year.

At many Boston-area theaters, audiences haven’t staged a comeback

Compared with attendance before the pandemic, numerous theaters throughout the region are grappling with audiences that are 25 to 50 percent smaller this season.

STAGES

Not ready for the seasonal influx of holiday theater? Try these 4 shows.

In shows as varied as "Trad," "Wild Swimming," "Little Women: The Broadway Musical," and "Torch Song," the meaning of family — the ones we are born with and the ones we choose — resonates.

DANCE REVIEW

Kyle Abraham’s ‘Requiem’ is a journey toward rebirth

For Abraham, Mozart is just the starting point. “Requiem: Fire in the Air of the Earth” is an hour of imaginative and ambitious theater.

Dance News

Jacob’s Pillow receives largest grant in its history to build reimagined Doris Duke Theatre

The new theater, replacing one that burned down in 2020, will be equipped for streaming and tech innovations in dance.

CRITIC'S NOTEBOOK | DON AUCOIN

How well did the audience play its part? The reviews are mixed.

Audiences essentially function as supporting characters at the plays or musicals they attend, and what they give actors can be good or bad. I’ve recently witnessed both kinds of impact.

STAGE REVIEW

‘Into the Breeches!’ gives rise to an all-female Boston-based Shakespeare production

Set during World War II, "Into the Breeches!" is a slight but engaging backstage comedy set in Boston in 1942. Nimbly directed by Bryn Boice, it’s at the BCA’s Plaza Theatre in a production by Hub Theatre Company of Boston.

STAGE REVIEW

So much goes right in Lyric’s uproarious ‘The Play That Goes Wrong’

Under the sure hand of director Fred Sullivan Jr., the fast-paced play-within-a-play farce elicits one belly laugh after another.