Cyrano: Exciting New Adaptation with Music and Swordplay from House Theatre of Chicago
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The last date listed for Cyrano was Sunday October 16, 2011 / 7:00pm.
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Featured review from Evan Ellman
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This was a very modernized adaptation of the French classic, "Cyrano de Bergerac", though you would never know this from reading the program. I don't think they should have assumed that everyone knows this; it's an important fact which ought to have been included in the program notes. The adaptation was based on a story by Edmond Rostand written in France, centuries ago.
I agree that this was an "exciting, new adaptation." The fancy costumes compensated for the stark lack of a stage set. I found the adaptation very entertaining and well acted by everyone in the cast. There were no weak links. As someone who took a lot of French courses and read this in the original old French, I might normally be a bit of a purest and want the play to stay closer to the original, but somehow this modernized version of the story charmed me. The script was intelligently written and the acting was very, very good. I enjoyed it and recommend it.
Adaptation, Direction and Fight Choreography by Matt Hawkins
Original Music by Kevin O’Donnell
Lyrics by Shawn Pfautsch and Matt Hawkins
The House Theatre of Chicago opens its 10th Anniversary Season with Cyrano, an original adaptation of Edmond Rostand’s Cyrano de Bergerac, adapted and directed by House Company Member Matt Hawkins.
Cyrano is the quintessential Renaissance Man. A natural leader, courageous soldier, brilliant swordsman, skilled musician and a master of language, our hero fails only in love. Hawkins’ Cyrano pulls the audience into a wild love triangle as Cyrano pursues Roxanne through music, poetry and the most spectacular sword fighting ever to hit The House stage.
With original music by Kevin O’Donnell (lyrics by Matt Hawkins and Shawn Pfautsch), set by Collette Pollard, lights by Lee Keenan, and sound by Michael Griggs, Cyrano is The House at its best, giving Chicago a fresh look at a classic story told with enormous heart and packed with amazing feats of storytelling.