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The Steadfast Tin Soldier
Lookingglass Theatre

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Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended

"...I have not been a child for a very long time and don't know what kids like these days, but this performance filled me with a kind of preverbal wonder. Unlike so much holiday treacle, Lookingglass's production doesn't sugarcoat the tragedy inherent in old fairy tales. It's worth at least a bushelful of moldy Peter Pans and Nutcrackers and deserves to be performed every year in their place. I had a smile on my face the whole time, except when I was wiping away tears."
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Dmitry Samarov

Stage and Cinema- Highly Recommended

"...It's now become a holiday classic, Mary Zimmerman's gorgeous The Steadfast Tin Soldier at Lookingglass Theatre. It was glorious last year. It's lost no luster since. In only one fantasy-rich hour this superb illusionist, the toast of Lookingglass and Goodman theaters and the Metropolitan Opera, distills all the warm worth out of Hans Christian Andersen's tale. We're taken deep into the dreams and the doomed love of a one-legged toy soldier (Alex Stein) for a beautiful ballerina."
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Lawrence Bommer

Let's Play at ChicagoNow- Highly Recommended

"...Let's Play 'Highly Recommends' seeing The Steadfast Tin Soldier at The Lookingglass Theatre. It's a beautiful way to enjoy the holiday season and a nice break away from all of the crowds that are sure to patronize the Magnificent Mile. You will be thankful you did!"
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Rick and Brenda McCain

Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended

"...There is no dialogue in this play, only acting in pantomime and wonderful music composed by Andre Pluess and Amanda Dehnert ( with a finale number they wrote with words by Ms Zimmerman, :Be Steadfast:. Mr. Pluess along with Christopher M. LaPorte also designed the sound and the lighting was designed by T.J. Gerkens."
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Alan Bresloff

NewCity Chicago- Highly Recommended

"...Directed by Mary Zimmerman, Lookingglass Theatre Company’s “The Steadfast Tin Soldier” is a beauty, sumptuous and intimate all at once. Told almost entirely through movement and marvelous interludes of puppetry, the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale about the love between a tin soldier and a paper ballerina comes to life in a brilliant variety of scenes that unfold over a single delightful hour."
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Irene Hsiao

Chicago Theatre Review- Highly Recommended

"...This magical family production, beautifully written and inventively directed by Mary Zimmerman, returns for another holiday season at Lookingglass Theatre. This theatre company never fails to enchant, mystify and, while impressing its audience with skill and talent, always manages to squeeze in a valuable lesson, or two. Lookingglass Theatre is acknowledged all over Chicago for providing audiences with some of the most memorable productions around. At just 60-minutes, the welcome return of this wonderful production is no exception. Ms. Zimmerman's stylish holiday fantasy was written with an attention to detail and directed by the playwright with jaw-dropping artistry, polish, flair and finesse. The entire cast, the pit musicians and the topnotch technical team who support this show are all first-rate. Collectively they offer Chicago families with a second chance to behold this must-see entertainment choice for the holidays."
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Colin Douglas

In The Loop Magazine- Highly Recommended

"...It's hard, making fairy tales work nowadays. While Disney remains mired in the Marvel universe and animated films move in increasingly outlandish directions, the classic fairy tale - wondrous, frightening, and ultimately, both deeply melancholic and profound - does not receive the attention it deserves. All of which is to say that what Zimmerman and her company pull off in "Steadfast Tin Soldier" is vital. Here is children's entertainment that is not corny, not glib, not obsessed with spectacle and glamour at the expense of character and theme - children's entertainment that, in other words, trusts it audience as real people with complex emotions, not consumes servicing a profit."
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Peter Thomas Ricci

Chicago On Stage- Highly Recommended

"...At heart, what enchants us most is that The Steadfast Tin Soldier is a simple, beautiful story that just so happens to feel absolutely true, and maybe this is just what we need this holiday season. Maybe there’s a child in all of us that wants to believe we have the capacity for selfless good, for true love, for unflinching courage in the face of impossible odds. Maybe we hope that in the pursuit of these lofty, perhaps unattainable hopes, we might all be a bit more… steadfast. And maybe this fairytale–told with blazing creativity that soars to heights few among us can imagine–might remind us of a time when the holidays glowed with endless possibility and love and made us feel hopeful in a way most of us have long since forgotten."
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Karen Topham

PicksInSix- Highly Recommended

"...“The Steadfast Tin Soldier” is a triumph of imagination and creativity, truly one of the most engaging, thoughtful and touching experiences you will have in a theater this season."
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Ed Tracy

Picture This Post- Highly Recommended

"...Zimmerman couldn’t pull it off without the amazingly talented actors in this show, by this writer’s lights. They put the physical in physical theater – and then some. No spoiler details here of their antics. Just know they mesmerize. Also know that they are not just schooled, but clearly have the equivalent of PhDs, in how to tell narratives in gestures. They transport us thoroughly to a world where fairy tales are real, nd the grey of our winter’s day is a distant memory."
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Amy Munice