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Munger takes on holiday chestnut in one-man ‘Nutbuster’

This needs to be seen to be believed.

The peripatetic, erudite and immensely entertaining John Munger — a mainstay of the Twin Cities dance community and head of his own company, Third Rabbit Dance Ensemble — has long played the uncle Drosselmeyer in various “Nutcrackers” around town.  In the past 38 years, 200 performances by his count.

Now, as anyone who has actually read E.T.A. Hoffman’s ghoulish original tale or seen versions that delve into the more sinister sides of the “kindly” uncle knows, Drosselmeyer isn’t all sweetness and light. Munger’s one-man solo version of “The Nutcracker” explores the holiday story as a psychotic fantasy in Drosselmeyer’s fetid mind. And Munger has promised to keep his clothes on.

“Nutbuster!! The Ballet.” 7 p.m. Wednesdays in December (9, 16 and 23). Bryant Lake Bowl Theater, Minneapolis. Tickets $10. 612-825-8949.

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