A fallen hero’s sword is an object of grief for the man’s mother — but little could she have known that the weapon was one key to no less than preserving Christmas for the world. If you want more, you’ll just have to go see New Village Arts’ turn at ‘The Nutcracker’ and watch the Rats get theirs.

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Maybe Circle Circle dot dot needs to get more specific in its references to the city it seeks to portray and reflect. Even so, its “San Diego, I Love You, 2.0” features two very good performances in this story about military life and a couple’s sacrifice within it. The scrappy company understands that theater is a terribly public act, and its site-specific approach isn’t lost on an art form that’s been embracing community-based performance forever.

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