GET CRACKIN' You can see not one but two productions of the Nutcracker this week. The Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre pirouettes onto the Hippodrome stage (12 N. Eutaw St.,  837-7400, france-merrickpac.com) Dec. 4-6. It plops the sugarplum fairies, etc., down in turn-of-the-century Pittsburgh complete with local landmarks. If you want to see a more Balto-centric production, the Baltimore School for Arts (712 Cathedral St.,  642-5165, bsfa.org) makes with the Mouse King shenanigans Dec. 4-13.
SMOOTH MOVES In other dance news, the Effervescent Collective hoofs it through Aromatic (Non)Sense, three dances about and including smell Dec. 3-4 at the 2640 Space (2640 St. Paul St., effervescentcollective.org). Deviated Theatre brings Storyteller's Gala to the American Dance Institute (1570 E. Jefferson St., Rockville,  984-3003, deviatedtheatre.org) Dec. 4-5. And Collective Dance get into merri(MOVE)ment at Expressions in Motion (756 Washington Blvd.,  257-3844, collective-dance.com) Dec. 5.
CHARMED I'M SURE The Audrey Herman Spotlighters Theatre (817 St. Paul St.,  752-1225, spotlighters.org) holds a fundraiser Dec. 5 called A Lovely Night. The event includes a reception, silent auction, award ceremony, a performance of its current production, Cinderella, and a post-show dessert reception.
Opening Two more offerings in Towson University's series of contemporary Russian plays kick off this week. Tanya-Tanya by Olga Mukhina will be at Towson's Studio Theatre (Towson University, Osler and Cross Campus drives, Towson,  704-2787, towson.edu/theatre/russia) Dec. 4- 12, with a reservations-required preview Dec. 3. A staged reading of I Am the Machine Gunner by Yury Klavdiev will be performed Dec. 3-6. And the Mobtown Players (3600 Clipper Mill Road, Suite 114,  467-3057, mobtownplayers.com) takes a walk with Sylvia, a comedy about a marital meltdown and dog ownership Dec. 4-19.
LAST CHANCE Fells Point Corner Theatre (251 S. Ann St.  276-7837, fpct.org) takes one last sweep at Sarah Ruhl's The Clean House Dec. 3-6. So, remember how two weeks ago we said it was your last chance to see Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow. Well, you're getting another shot at the play, which was written by Johns Hopkins sophomore and award-winning playwright Eric Kalman Levitz, directed by John Astin, and starring Mackenzie Astin. The final run was rescheduled due to illness, so check it out at the Merrick Barn (Johns Hopkins University, Homewood campus, 34th and Charles streets,  516-5153) Dec. 4-6. This is really your last chance.