Donald Munro

Don Munro


Four chances to see ‘The Nutcracker’ ballet in Valley

From the cuter-than-puppies adorableness of dancing bonbons to the choreographic lyricism of the Sugar Plum Fairy, “The Nutcracker” keeps making holiday memories. Three major productions will be performed over Thanksgiving weekend. In Fresno, the longtime Valley Performing Arts Council production featuring the Sacramento Ballet and Fresno Ballet Theatre plays at the Saroyan Theatre, while the touring Moscow Ballet, a regular visitor through the years to the central San Joaquin Valley, makes a stop at Warnors Theatre in Fresno. One company offers a debut production: Visalia’s newly formed Theater Arts Alliance, which performs at the L.J. Williams Theatre. Fresno’s other big production, the Lively Arts Foundation version featuring Central California Ballet, performs Dec. 12 and 13 at the Saroyan. Here’s a roundup.

Donald Munro

Jew vs. Jew: a razor-sharp battle

Liam, the New York grandson of an immigrant Holocaust survivor, is dismissive of his culture and religion. To him, individualism is paramount: If he wants to discount the spiritual beliefs of his forefathers and diminish the importance of their rituals and traditions, that’s his right and prerogative.