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What Is the Story of Cyrano de Bergerac?
Set in seventeenth century Paris, Cyrano de Bergerac centers on the life and love of the titular wordsmith Cyrano de Bergerac, a nobleman with a disfigured nose and talent as a swordsman and poet. Though he’s a charismatic and well-respected jack-of-all-trades, Cyrano is rejected by his love Roxane, who favors the handsome cadet Christian instead. Ashamed of his looks but still determined to win Roxane’s heart, Cyrano lends his gift of poetry to the dim-witted Christian, so that at least one of them may enjoy the benefits of her love.
'Harry Potter' star Clemence Poesy is sublimely understated as Cyrano's great love, Roxane, and Soutra Gilmour's simple, flexible set smartly suggests a Renaissance-era painting brought to life.Review by Tanner Stransky from Entertainment Weekly
Hodge exerts himself mightily to bring Cyrano to life, and he’s at his finest when lunging and parrying, both physically and verbally.Review by Elisabeth Vincentelli from The New York Post
What Is Cyrano de Bergerac Like?
There’s a reason Cyrano de Bergerac has always been welcome on the Broadway stage. In this new translation (composed entirely of rhyming couplets), the energy is fast and funny, with some truly impressive sets and costumes to boot. Those looking for a clever, modern retelling of the famous story will find it here—plus, Douglas Hodge delivers an electric and charismatic performance as the famed poet.
Is Cyrano de Bergerac Good for Kids?
Though it’s told almost entirely through rhyme, this is no Dr. Seuss story, and kids may not fully engage with or understand what’s happening on stage. Sexual innuendo may fly over their heads, but a loud war sequence may frighten young ones. Also, clocking in at just under three hours, this show may not be right for little ones who are especially prone to fidgeting. High schoolers who have studied the play will love seeing it brought to life.