Good ‘Nutcracker’ Nothing to Be Scared Of

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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Messy Lives in ‘The Clean House’

Over the last 13 years, playwright, Sarah Ruhl, has been creating a unique body of work. She has garnered critical acclaim for her offbeat plays such as Eurydice, Dead Man’s Cell Phone and the Tony nominated In the Next Room (or the Vibrator Play).

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Circle Mirror Transformation Proves a Good Fit at NVA

Annie Baker is a youngish playwright whose work focuses on the byways and mores of rural New England. Probably her most well-known play is Circle Mirror Transformation, an ensemble piece about a small group of people who are taking a six-week theatre workshop at the community center in a Vermont town. When I first read about this play, I immediately thought that New Village Arts in Carlsbad was the perfect local company to stage it. My wish has come true: NVA has mounted a bang-up San Diego premiere that runs through March 2.

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