Laura Vernaci, KCMetropolis.org
On Saturday at the Folly Theater, Owen/Cox Dance Group will present its 4th annual production of "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King." It is a treat for all ages, encompassing a variety of elements, such as humor and magic, which is incredibly inventive and entertaining.
OCDG’s holiday interpretation strays from most dance renditions but actually stays closer to E.T.A. Hoffmann’s original tale. It highlights the story of the Hard Nut, which includes characters such as Madam Mouserinks, Princess Pirlipat, and Drosselmeyer’s nephew, who becomes the Nutcracker that we know after an unfortunate curse. Like some other famous fairy tales from the early 18th century, such as The Little Mermaid, Hoffmann’s story is dark at the core with strange twists and turns, although a surprisingly happy ending.