BWW Reviews: CONNetic Dance's NUTCRACKER SUITE & SPICY More Mild Than Wild
There are many different musical styles employed from Duke Ellington to hip-hop (to the always-wretched Trans Siberian Orchestra) and as such the dance ranges from ballet to, well, hip-hop. The dance of Drosselmeyer's automatons (Amy Merli and Gyasi Govan) and the Sugar Rum Fairy (Jolet Creary) add some fun pop-and-lock elements, but could be expanded and become even more fun.
Two big critical shout-outs to the not-credited, somewhat reluctant poodle and to Ben Stone Zelman as "Junior" (instead of Fritz). Not only did they do a wonderful job, they amply proved the maxim that if you want to win an audience over, put an animal or a really cute kid onstage.
So, at the end of the review, is Nutcracker Suite & Spicy worth your holiday time? Yes, if you have managed expectations. No, if you think "spicy" means a Nutcracker burlesque with spinning pasties instead of dancing pastries.
Photo by Bill Morgan.