Theater & art

Critic’s picks: Dance

THE NUTCRACKER This is the last week for Boston Ballet’s grand and lavish production of the beloved holiday tradition. Post-Christmas, the party scene may feel a little tired, but the divertissements in the Land of the Sweets can still delight. Through Dec. 29. $35-$179. Boston Opera House. 617-695-6955,

CHRISTMAS REFLECTIONS Boston Liturgical Dance Ensemble’s annual production — a revamped version of the popular “A Dancer’s Christmas” — always feels like a family affair, as it gathers professional dancers, a big cast of kids, and community members for a dance celebration that homes in on the true spirit of Christmas. Dec. 22. $15. Boston College’s Robsham Theater Arts Center, Chestnut Hill. 617-552-4002,

URBAN NUTCRACKER Tony Williams’s popular multicultural version of the E.T.A. Hoffmann tale puts an urban contemporary spin on the choreography, blending ballet with elements of tap, hip-hop, swing, flamenco, step, and jazz, fueled by music that alternates between the traditional Tchaikovsky score and Duke Ellington’s jazz suite. The professional cast is seeded with an array of guest artists and children. Dec. 22. $25-$85. John Hancock Hall. 888-596-1027,


SQUIRREL STOLE MY UNDERPANTS Just in time for vacation week and children’s post-holiday blues, They Gotta Be Secret Agents’ Bonnie Duncan (above) offers her charming dance-puppet adventure about a young girl named Sylvie and a laundry-stealing squirrel. For kids of all ages. Dec. 26-29. $15. Puppet Showplace Theatre, Brookline. 617-731-6400,


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