Land of the Sweets: The Burlesque Nutcracker

The Nutcracker opens with a holiday party; and though most productions make the party (and ballet) a family event, Lily Verlaine and Jasper McCann have created a thoroughly grown-up affair (the late show is 21+). Land of the Sweets: A Burlesque Nutcracker presents the cream of the Seattle exotic dance community with a series of guests at this sixth-annual holiday staging, set to Duke Ellington's variations on the original Tchaikovsky score. This year's edition features several return performers, including Waxie Moon as the nefarious Rat King and Miss Indigo Blue as both the haughty Snow Queen and the Sugar Plum Fairy. But the entire lineup of artists definitely comes down on the naughty side of the classic holiday question, which is especially nice for the audience. (7 & 10 p.m.) SANDRA KURTZ

Wednesdays-Sundays. Starts: Dec. 14. Continues through Dec. 24, 2011

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