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Director/choreographer Vanessa White (aka Sugar Dish, founder ofburlesque troupe Babes in Boinkland) uses her extensive balletbackground and burlesque styles, intertwined with pop culture to createa production that is technically good and cleverly rewritten tocomplement Tchaikovsky’s classical score.<p />

Director/choreographer Vanessa White (aka Sugar Dish, founder of burlesque troupe Babes in Boinkland) uses her extensive ballet background and burlesque styles, intertwined with pop culture to create a production that is technically good and cleverly rewritten to complement Tchaikovsky’s classical score.

In White’s interpretation, Clara (Sarah “Malice in Wonderland” Josselyn) and Fritz (Paolo Piselli aka Paolomania) are a couple. Fritz proposes to Clara, and while she is excited, her aunt Drosselmeyer (played by 87-year-old Mary Dolan) thinks that the nuptials are too soon and Clara should explore her sexual side. After a battle with an ugly Christmas sweater brigade, the Slutcracker Prince (Erik Liddell) takes Clara to a sexual universe that includes highlights such as S&M Russians, Dance of the Reed Pole, horny Polichinelles, and the dance of the Sugar Dish Fairy.

After last year’s sold-out debut, White was able to extend the run and entertain more audiences. Now, a season later, “Slutcracker” is that much better, and this “sexy freaky holiday zeitgeist” will grow in popularity for many years to come.

‘The Slutcracker: A Burlesque’
Through Sunday
Somerville Theatre
55 Davis Square, Somerville
MBTA: Red Line to Davis
$20-$25, 18+, 617-625-5700
www.theslutcracker.com

 
 
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