Yes, its once again time for enormous-headed wooden soldiers with broken jaws to fight evil, giant rodents for the honor of little girls in ballet slippers. Starring illustrious guest artists from the American Ballet Theatre, the Festival Ballet Theatres Nutcracker is always the hottest cracker in town. What you wont be seeing, of course, is the original 1816 story by E.T.A. Hoffmann that Tchaikovskys tale is based ona dark fable that includes a mouse queen, who, hell-bent on revenge for the murder of her babies, casts a spell on a human infant, giving it a huge head, wide grinning mouth and cottony beard. Un-Christmas-y? Yes. Riveting? Yes, maam! As will be this decidedly more pleasant version, which has broken the Barclays box office records two-years running.
Fridays, Saturdays, 7 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 12, 2 p.m.; Sun., Dec. 13, 1 & 6 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 19, 2 p.m.; Sun., Dec. 20, 1 & 6 p.m.; Tue., Dec. 22, 6 p.m.; Wed., Dec. 23, 2 p.m.; Thu., Dec. 24, 11 a.m. Starts: Dec. 11. Continues through Dec. 19, 2009