The appropriately named program, “Masterworks of Movement and Theatre,” continues at 8 p.m. Saturday and 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts. Petit’s “Carmen” thrives on the energy of Parisian cabaret dancing, including some of its sardonic wit. The choreography is propulsive, stylized and not profound. Yet theatrically “Carmen” throws powerful punches. The chair dance turns into a revolving door for lovers; the bandits’ stomping and beating the floor to mock Don Jose and egg on Carmen recall brutal tribal rituals. San Jose’s dancers performed all of it with spitfire energy and just the right note of cynicism.
Dragon Theater, “The Other Place.” Nov, 20 through Dec, 14, By Sharr White, Directed by Kimberly Mohne Hill, Featuring Mark Drumm as Ian, Judith Ann Miller as Juliana, Maureen O’Neill as The Woman and Paul Stout as The Man, Dragon Theatre, 2120 Broadway Street, Redwood City, $30, http://dragonproductions.net, Los Altos Stage Company, “The Fox on the Fairway.” Through Dec, 14, By Ken Ludwig, Directed by Daniel P, Wilson, Featuring Michael Weiland as Justin Hicks, Brooke Silva as Louise Heindbedder, Fred Pitts as Henry Bingham, Ali Gangi Malone as Pamela Peabody, Danny Martin as Dickie Bell and Stephanie Crowley as Murial Bingham, Bus Barn Theater, degas ballet, dancer gifts, ballerina necklace, dance teacher gifts, ballet necklace, little ballerina 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos, $18-$34, www.losaltosstage.org or 650-941-0551..
Berkeley Ballet Theater: The company’s “Nutcracker” is a long-running family-friendly production; Dec. 15-17; Holy Names University’s Regents’ Theatre, Oakland; $35; berkeleyballet.org. Berkeley City Ballet: The long-running “Nutcracker” production matches students with some professionals; 1 and 5 p.m. Dec. 16-17; Ohlone College’s Smith Center, Fremont; $30; 510-659-6031; berkeleycityballet.org. Symphony Silicon Valley: The orchestra delivers “The Nutcracker” with the Ballet Stars of Moscow Company; Dec. 15-24; San Jose Center for the Performing Arts; $45-$90; 408-286-2600, www.symphonysiliconvalley.org.
Auditions set at Calisesi for ‘The Nutcracker’, ANTIOCH — Antioch Children’s Theatre will hold auditions for the drama “The Nutcracker” at 7 p.m, Oct, 17-18, The play, which is a drama rather than a ballet, has openings for actors 8 and older, Everyone cast will have a speaking role, If cast, a $75 nonrefundable participation fee is required, Rehearsals will be 5 to 7 degas ballet, dancer gifts, ballerina necklace, dance teacher gifts, ballet necklace, little ballerina p.m, Mondays through Thursdays beginning Oct, 24, Performances set for Nov, 25-27 and Dec, 2-4 at the Virginia J, Calisesi Studio Theatre, 512 W, Second St., Antioch..
CINEQUEST CONNECTION: Not surprisingly, there was a mob of people waiting to see William H. Macy at the after-party for Cinequest, which opened Tuesday night with the Macy-directed film “Krystal.” There was a lot of positive buzz about the coming-of-age dramedy — which stars Rosario Dawson and features Macy and his wife, Felicity Huffman, in supporting roles — at the festivities at Farmers Union and Sushi Confidential in downtown San Jose. But one couple — Julie Lieberman Neale and her husband, Chris Neale — actually got to sit and nosh with Macy and Rachel Winter, the producer of “Krystal” and “Dallas Buyers Club,” at Farmers Union. Winter and Julie Neale, a life and leadership coach who founded Mother’s Quest, have been friends since they were five growing up in the San Fernando Valley.