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TITLE: THE HARD NUT

CHOREOGRAPHER: MARK MORRIS

WHERE: BROOKLYN ACADEMY OF MUSIC

BOTTOM LINE: This radical reworking of The Nutcracker may be uneven, but it's always good for a laugh.

The bourgeois German household has been banished in favor of an American apartment decorated in 1960s high tacky. The Stahlbaum children get a giant Barbie doll and a spaceman at their family Christmas Eve party. The guests are dressed in the worst excesses of a quarter-century ago, and before long they are drunk and lubricious. Postmodern choreographer Mark Morris, never at a loss for a flip word or gesture, insists that...

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