for a previous production "If the plain old 'Nutcracker' causes you to zone out, this one will surely wake you up...The show looks at times like an adults-only Cirque du Soleil extravaganza, with trapeze acts and other athletic displays...But Mr. McCormick has much grander ambitions than a 'Nutcracker' under the big top or a bawdy parody. The cast is full of classically trained dancers, and when he turns them loose, the result can be dazzling." Full Review
for a previous production "This show has everything: Vivaldi, circus performance, S&M, The French Revolution. These are all compelling elements on their own, but can too many good things in one show turn bad? Rather than wowing me with delicious stage spectacle, 'Nutcracker Rouge' gave me a theatrical tummy ache with its unfocused pastiche. It isn't sexy. The secret to happy indulgence really is moderation. The secret to good burlesque? Restraint." Full Review
for a previous production "Although eroticism flavors every aspect of his creations the textures and levels of excitement, romance and humor he achieves through dance, burlesque, gymnastics, non-traditional storytelling and an eclectic mix of classical and contemporary music is unmatched in terms of elegance and sophistication...Sometimes a little kinky, often hedonistic, it is, above all, quite tasteful and beautiful. An enchanting evening of adult fun." Full Review
for a previous production "Austin McCormick and his risqué neo-Baroque dance theater Company XIV present a lavish erotic reimagining of the classic holiday tale, complete with circus performers, operatic singers and partial nudity. Definitely leave the kids at home: The word nutcracker has customarily conjured innocent wonder; now be ready to add glitter pasties, stripper poles and comically large stuffed penises to the, shall we say, toys to expect in wonderland." Full Review
for a previous production "A lavish erotic reimagining of a classic holiday tale...'Nutcracker Rouge' is the perfect hot date: a rated-R riff on the tale...These delectable divas and the rest make for a savory mix of sweet, spicy and salty. For a winter treat that will get you in the mood but not cloy the palate, 'Nutcracker Rouge' does the trick." Full Review
for a previous production "It's a deliciously decadent, sumptuously erotic tale, which retains Tchaikovsky's soaring music, but adds several pop tunes, accompanied by Austin McCormick's glorious choreography. There are several scenes so exquisite it will bring tears to your eyes…The dance ensemble is as eye-popping for their physiques as their talent...The company and direction astound. And the climax will take your breath away. There is one essential on any holiday list: a trip to 'Nutcracker Rouge.'" Full Review
for a previous production "Until the orgy with a giant stuffed phallus the show stays sensual and carnal and less lascivious and vulgar. At times it borders on the S&M, '50 Shades of Grey' side, where anything goes...XIV takes burlesque and showcases it as one hell or heavenly sexual entertainment where talent is exhibited with a flourish." Full Review
for a previous production "Company creator Austin McCormick is the visionary who conceived this event. Mr. McCormick’s wild choreography and his energetic direction make for an enthralling spectacle of numerous Baroque hijinks celebrating sensuality…The good-natured eroticism of 'Nutcracker Rouge' is showcased in this playfully decadent presentation that’s terrific adult merriment during the holiday season." Full Review
for a previous production "It could just as easily be 3 C’s — circus, cabaret and camp. It does not earn a fourth C for coherence...The attempt to graft some of the excellent acrobatic routines onto the Nutcracker story are strained, to to put it mildly. The 14 scantily-clad cast members are talented performers who provide lots of eye candy... Both men and women wear high-heeled pointy baroque shoes — and often very little else. Strangely, the show is not very sexy." Full Review
for a previous production "The production is a stunning spectacle. 'Nutcracker Rouge' is an aesthetic wonderland of color and splendor...If you’re looking for something that will put you in the festive spirit 'Nutcracker Rouge' is definitely for you. Even if a sexy night at the theater is not your cup of tea, you’ll still have your sweet tooth satisfied." Full Review
for a previous production "Austin McCormick’s rollicking, risqué interpretation of 'The Nutcracker' is smart, fun, metaphoric, and marvelous to look at...All is unequivocally entertaining, well performed, and often a hoot...Perfectly concocted for limited attention spans, the piece moves from one scene to another with an audacious shrug. Thespians are in the moment, each and every one with an appropriate expression." Full Review
for a previous production "This bare, beautiful cast do their best in this retooling of the Nutcracker story filled with erotic dance, sexy acrobatics and music. 'Nutcracker Rouge' is playful and beautifully performed. It is a perfect alternative to the routine family entertainments. And, let’s face it, it’s always nice to gaze at beautiful, talented people." Full Review
for a previous production "It’s a glorious blast of beautiful adult fun...The technical achievements in three dimensions are of a very high caliber, without being ostentatious...For dance aficionados, lovers of the comfortably outlandish, and anyone who appreciates spectacular creativity!" Full Review
for a previous production "Fans of both holiday festivities and burlesque will surely be delighted...Despite a few lulls and some banality, the evening is mostly a delightful fantasy romp...Whatever was lacking in writing, the actors and Serena Miller’s wonderful musical arrangements more than made up." Full Review
for a previous production "If we have nothing to absorb us emotionally, no compelling story to hold our attention, our minds wander, picking at flaws here and there–flaws which in a moving show might well have been overlooked. This is the case with the visually beautiful but unsatisfying 'Nutcracker Rogue,' a dark, sexual burlesque reimagining of 'The Nutcracker.' Full Review
for a previous production "'Nutcracker Rouge' is a work of fine art rooted equally in theatrical tradition and iconoclasm. The melange of theatrical styles, all framed with the burlesque sensibility, gives a mature glance to all facets of sexuality...Performance highlights make themselves endlessly present, outshining any possible cracks in the facade with a magician’s sleight of hand." Full Review
for a previous production "It’s a sexy, silly, thrilling and very, very enjoyable mash-up of baroque, ballet and burlesque, pas de deus and pole dancing. Above all, it’s entertaining...The tiniest smidgeon of context would have transformed the wonderful performances into something greater than themselves...If all of this sounds like too much, it is. But then again, so is the 'Nutcracker.'" Full Review
for a previous production "Brassy, irreverent, naughty, whimsical, and delightfully creative...From terrific singer Shelly Watson‘s grandiose take on Madame Drosselmeyer right down to the dedicated ensemble members who bare more than their unique talents, it’s a fantastical feast for the eyes...This is one unified troupe of gifted players that demand you sit up and pay attention. Take your cue from them and enjoy this holiday spectacle while you can still grab a ringside seat." Full Review
for a previous production "The piece as a whole is stronger in Act II and my suspicion is that’s due in part to the fact that 'Nutcracker Rouge' relies more heavily on its source material and the music of Tchaikovsky in its latter half. With so many sources of inspiration- the narrative of the classic ballet tale grounds the show preventing it from spinning off its axis into a Lady Gaga-Louis XIV-gender-bending-burlesque flavored fever dream." Full Review
for a previous production "The erotic numbers soared while the Baroque-inspired pieces did not...Come for the performances—from Cirque-like dance to Lana Del Rey-like singing—and stay for the libations served before, during, and after the show. And good news: the show was just extended. And where better to spend one of those romantic dates you promised yourself you’d have in 2015?" Full Review
for a previous production "You need to go see Company XIV’s 'Nutcracker Rogue' (unless you’re bringing children or you’re a prude). The highly designed, ingeniously staged, and endlessly entertaining reimagining of 'The Nutcracker' is decadent, debaucherous, and delicious...This is an incredible show by an incomparable company, stunning to look at, gorgeous to watch, and unfailingly entertaining." Full Review
for a previous production "'Nutcracker Rouge' is a sparkling reimagining of the beloved Nutcracker tale told with erotic, sensual and opulent flair. Award-winning director/choreographer Austin McCormick creates a baroque-burlesque confection of theatre, dance, music, circus, opera, fashion and sumptuous design as you immerse yourself in a hedonistic display of gorgeous and decadent winter entertainment. Nutcracker Rouge is a thrillingly unique fusion of nightlife and theatre." Full Review
for a previous production "Hailed all over New York as a holiday wonder, 'Nutcracker Rouge' truly lives up to its reputation. Part circus, part dance, and part opera Austin McCormick’s creation brings together all corners of the theatrical world into one voluminous, sexy, opulent, and overall spectacular evening...Mr. McCormick’s brainchild is at once dramatic, technical, hilarious, and kinky, and all aspects of 'Nutcracker Rouge' are enormously successful." Full Review
for a previous production "Fun, dark, mysterious, and full of skin-tingling, breath-taking, and eye-catching acts... So many luscious moments exist within this production. Audience members stare, mouths agape and eyes wide, at its riches -- much like our protagonist, Marie Claire, as she enters the Kingdom of Sweets where sensuality and sexuality are explored and celebrated." Full Review
See it if you're up for a few-holds-barred night of dance, acrobatics, song and laughter; it's barely the Nutcracker but it's a lot of fun
Don't see it if you dislike near-nudity, bawdy humor, or would hate to see the Nutcracker distorted in a (beautiful, well-staged, talented) funhouse mirror
See it if Mix of cirque du soliel, ballet, opera and pop with performers in g-strings, pasties, and jock straps. Excellent music and dancing.
Don't see it if The nudity wasn’t especially sexy. An opera-singing gymnast doing stunts on a ring while upside down and topless... impressive but weird.
See it if you want to see a Raunchy version of the nutcracker. It is worth seeing for the uniqueness in it, but I am still just not a fan of ballet.
Don't see it if you dont want a raunchy show, and hate ballet type shows.. This is different though.
See it if You want to be transported to a land of sex, glitter, entrancing costumes and performances. The most fun I've had in months. Incred talent
Don't see it if You are offended by nudity.
See it if you like burlesque, nudity, amazing dancers, aerial work is great. Costumes are wonderful, Playfill, joyous, fun romp
Don't see it if you are a puritan and don't enjoy nudity, heavy sexual innuendo, homosexual theme burlesque.
See it if You like the nutcracker in a contemporary athletic setting. Nice interpretation with Cirque charm. Well performed.
Don't see it if You are offended by risqué or some scantily clad performers. This is part of the ambience and very well done.
See it if a burlesque show that incorporates Louis XIV era fashion, baroque aesthetics, and a loose interpretation of the Nutcracker piques interest.
Don't see it if you want a faithful adaptation of the Nutcracker, dislike bawdy humor, or are opposed to sexual fantasies being openly displayed.
See it if you want a sexy intimate evening of burlesque music and dance. So much amazing talent performing and cavorting. Such an enjoyable evening
Don't see it if you're prudish or expecting a close rendition of the classic ballet. Lots of amazing dancers and music but they play loosely with the theme
See it if to witness (& clap for & be shocked by?) slew of wild, enthusiastic acrobatics & dancing by barely clad performers in intimate, bar setting.
Don't see it if you need traditional, linear theater staging; don't want to sit in a smoky bar among drinking, ooh-ing, chatting audience for almost 3 hrs.
See it if A modern and sexy take on the Nutcracker. Almost naked, talented performers. Extreamly sexy and erotic acts in beautiful new theater.
Don't see it if You don’t like the L train. Lol. Sexy performers. Smoke.
See it if you love Burlesque, a sexy update of THE NUTCRACKER. Brilliant, provocative, and one of the best versions of Rouge. Indulge your sensuality
Don't see it if don't like drag or over the top sexuality. A very naughty Cirque like show with plenty of bare bottoms and tantalizing apparel. Amazing!!!
See it if You feel comfortable in your own skin. Want to see a version of Nutcracker that's playful and sinful. Fun venue in the Bushwick
Don't see it if you were offended by Janet Jackson's nipple a few years ago at the Super Bowl.
See it if you need a unique night out and love the classic music of the Nutcracker.Great voices and creative variety show of dance, acrobatics and sex
Don't see it if are close minded. Gender norms are not a thing here. Which I found invigorating!
See it if You like inventive theater, great Tschaikowsky music and other themes, great date night
Don't see it if You are easily offended or are conservative in taste
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