A Blessing In Disguise

When Boston Ballet saw its annual “Nutcracker” production forced out of its longtime home in the city’s Wang Theatre, many observers wondered if the company could survive in a new, smaller home. But artistically, at least, “Wang inadvertently [did] Boston Ballet and its audience a favor. As impressive as its technical wizardry and, of course, always terrific dancing were, the company’s Wang-sized “Nutcracker” had, over the years, started to look more and more remote… But for the [new, scaled-back] production, artistic director Mikko Nissinen has prepared the kind of fresh, coherent staging and (mostly) new choreography Boston Ballet’s “Nutcracker” has needed for a long time.”