‘Visions of Sugarplums: A BURLESQUE NUTCRACKER’
Opening: The creative team of Lily Verlaine and Nadine DuBois take Tchaikovsky’s ballet as a jumping-off point for this holiday burlesque revue, set in the land of the Sugarplum Fair — but with more sexiness, more boas and less clothes than you might be used to seeing in a “Nutcracker.” With dance, spectacle, pageantry and music, it’s a party for adults to celebrate the deliciousness of the season. (7 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 6 p.m. Sun. $35. Ends Dec. 27. Ritz Theater, 345 13th Av. NE., Mpls. visionsofsugarplumsshow.com)
‘The Holiday pageant’
Opening: Open Eye Figure Theatre brings back this charming little show after a five-year absence. Michael Sommers and friends pieced the work together from medieval mystery plays and a story in which Lucifer, frustrated at corrupt humanity, challenges God to fight back. Of course, the story goes, God does so with the birth of Jesus. Kevin Kling, Sarah Agnew and Luverne Seifert are part of the cast animating a beautifully designed, funny and poignant piece of work. (7:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat., Wed.-Thu.; 2 p.m. Sun. $12-$25. Ends Dec. 21. Open Eye, 506 E. 24th St., Mpls. brownpapertickets.com)
‘Cirque Dreams Holidaze’
Friday-Saturday: This touring show is a Broadway musical, a holiday stage show and a circus spectacle all at once. Ornaments come alive; gingerbread men flip through the air, and 30 performers from 12 countries showcase their abilities on the trapeze, juggling, spinning and balancing, besides singing and dancing. The family-friendly show will have plenty of spectacle for all ages — 20 acts are woven together under the holiday theme. (8 p.m. Fri., 2 p.m. Sat. $29.50-$89.50. Orpheum Theatre, 910 Hennepin Av. S., Mpls. 1-800-982-2787, hennepintheatretrust.org)S.R.
‘Between The Worlds’
Opening: In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre won Ivey recognition for this show in 2014. It is a creation of Sandy Spieler, Esther Ouray, Laurie Witzkowski and Julie Kastiger and meditates on the darkness and solitude of solstice. Through image, puppetry and music, the piece creates a ceremony that ponders this time of the year. It’s very easy to listen to — with a cappella choir, stringed instruments, winds and accordion — and to watch with Heart of the Beast’s signature puppets. (7 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 3 p.m. Sun. Ends Dec. 21. $20. Heart of the Beast, 1500 E. Lake St., Mpls. 612-721-2535, hobt.org)G.R.