Resonance Ensemble brings the story of the French romantic hero with the large nose to the stage in a new adaptiation. More…
The most popular French play ever produced, this rich and romantic tale is brought to life by an intimate cast of actor/musicians in a fast-paced and interactive adaptation. This production stars Gabriel Barre in the title role and is co-directed by him and fight choreographer Rick Sordelet.
"With only eight actors portraying an array of characters, Rostand's 'Cyrano' is a theatrical wonder…Exquisitely directed by Gabriel Barre, this 'Cyrano' will make you smile from start to finish, and maybe even make you shed a tear or two. Barre is triumphant in the fluidity of his staging...While the first act could use a major streamlining, the momentum is consistent and moving…This production saw a dazzling performance from Gabriel Barre as the titular character." Full Review
"This production utilizes an innovative group of actors/musicians who can perform multiple characters as well as play multiple instruments…This is a highly entertaining production immersing the audience in 17th century France…The story is told imaginatively through Barre's direction." Full Review
"The production isn't flawless. Seating some of the audience on stage does give the huge performing space at St. Clement's a more intimate feel. But when two audience members are pulled into the action and asked to do a cold reading it would have helped to have microphones at the ready. It also slowed down the momentum of this otherwise brisk-paced production. Barre and company don't lose the spirit of Rostand's original poetry and adds its own panache." Full Review
"A no-frills presentation by the Resonance Ensemble...The staging is mostly straightforward with the addition of some nice moments that include a lovely pantomime on a revolving stage and some striking shadow play as the performers enact quick action scenes behind a stage curtain lit from behind...The entire cast performs well, all in multiple roles...The Resonance production, while not as star-studded as some, is fairly well done and likely to entertain its audiences." Full Review
"Sadly this adaptation cuts some of the most memorable parts to shreds, especially Cyrano’s three amazing speeches...The actors with the exception of Cyrano all double and triple in roles, so at times it is confusing who is who. What does work is the imaginative direction...'Cyrano' is the most romantic of all plays and though this is not the most perfect production it is a worthy endeavor." Full Review
"Unfortunately what is lacking in this particular production is the chemistry needed between the characters to communicate their feelings of insurmountable love. The infatuation, desire, longing, admiration and lust is just not believable; therefore, the relationships become unimportant which is the crux of the story. The actors are competent on their own but a bit selfish in their presence and need to be a bit more generous in order to create meaningful relationships." Full Review
See it if If you enjoy Victorian Literature, can easily understand what they are saying, and think an hour and a half is just right for the first act.
Don't see it if You get bored easily, have trouble sitting still, or get stage fright (because sitting on the stage is an option).
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