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Always Be Staunch: A Review of The Steadfast Tin Soldier at Lookingglass Theatre Company | Newcity Stage
RECOMMENDED The holiday season in Chicago is upon us and with it comes many a theatrical tradition: a "Christmas Carol" here, a "Nutcracker" there, some "It's a Wonderful Life" mixed in, too, plus a "Burning Bluebeard" for good measure. Lookingglass Theatre Company throws their hat into the ring with "The Steadfast Tin Soldier," a world-premiere adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen tale, conceived and directed by Mary Zimmerman. It is a worthy addition. Mary Zimmerman's production is a faithful adaptation of the fairytale, right down to the emotionally devastating ending. I'm not one for spoiling a story that's nearly 300 years old, but suffice it to say, the ending is happier in the symbolic, metaphorical sense. The story concerns a toy soldier (Alex Stein) built with a leg missing, and the episodic struggles he must traverse to reunite with a ballerina toy (Kasey Foster) whom he adores. Many key villains stand in his way, including a wicked Jack-in-the-Box Goblin (Anthony Irons,