On stage

Katy Alaniz Rous and Grant Maser are the Sufganiyot Fairy and Judah Maccabee in the 2011 production of “The Jewish Nutcracker.” photo/david allen studio

Converting Tchaikovsky

In “The Jewish Nutcracker,” World Dance Theater keeps the traditional score but puts a Jewish spin on Tchaikovsky’s famous ballet. In this version, Miriam has a dream at a Chanukah party and is transported to the time of the Second Temple, where the Maccabee revolt is in full swing. The production also brings flamenco, Russian, Chinese, Persian, Kathak, Afro-Haitian and Capoeira dances into the mix to illustrate themes of the diaspora. Sufganiot Fairy and Maccabee heroes included.

8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19 with preshow discussion at 7:30 p.m. Matinees and additional evening performances Dec. 20-23 at ODC Theater, 3153 17th St., S.F. $20-$25. www.jewishnutcracker.com


“Same Am — Different Language.” Improvisational playback theater whose goal is to bring Israeli and American Jewish audience members together. At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 8 p.m. $23-$30. www.brownpapertickets.com/event/287623.


“Acid Test.” Warren David Keith channels Ram Dass, aka Richard Alpert, the Jewish Harvard professor who dropped acid in the 1960s, found his guru and explored his spirituality. Script by S.F. resident Lynne Kaufman. Through Jan. 5. At Marsh Theatre, 2120 Allston Way, Berkeley. 8 p.m. Recommended for 17 and older. $15-$50. www.themarsh.org.