Cranky New York Times dance critic Alastair Macaulay has embarked on a Nutcracker marathon across the United States, pledging to see as many productions as he can of this classic ballet this holiday season. Well, we have one for him to attend in Fort Lauderdale this weekend. Save room for sugarplums on Saturday or Sunday, when the Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida gives us another original take on the story of fairies and rats, this one choreographed by ABTSFs director, Vladimir Issaev. Born in Russia, just like the original ballet, Issaev promises that his young, energetic company will deliver an updated version of the holiday standard. This show began at the Gusman Centers Olympia Theater. TThe production then traveled to the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center and has now arrived at the Parker Playhouse.
Sat., Dec. 18, 7 p.m.; Sun., Dec. 19, 3 p.m., 2010