Fern Siegel: Stage Door: Cyrano de Bergerac
Huffington Post - over 4 years
"I shun the normal and the commonplace," proclaims Cyrano de Bergerac, writer and duelist. "My style comes from within!" The 17th-century swashbuckler was a real Frenchman whose life was the basis of Edmond Rostand's 1897 play Cyrano de Bergerac, now on Broadway at the American Airlines Theater.
Douglas Hodge, Tony winner for La Cage aux Folles, stars as Cyrano -- and it's an inspired, riveting performance. Hodge imbues Cyrano, famed for his impressive wit, freethinking and large, ugly nose, with energy and vulnerability. His pugilistic impulses, which rally his loyal friends, are muted by his love for Roxanne (Clémence Poésy).
Yet she is besotted by the handsome, but tongue-tied Christian (Kyle Soller), a cadet in the legion of the dastardly Comte de Guiche (Patrick Page, last seen in Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark).
Because he cannot woo her openly, fearful his nose will revolt her, Cyrano courts her by proxy. He pours his love into eloquent letters he ghostwrites
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