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Cyrano

From 18 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Entertaining, Clever, Funny, Delightful

About the show

The poet with panache–and a legendary nose–plays anew under the Theater Tent. Longtime HVSF company member Jason O’Connell leads a five-person cast as Cyrano, the brilliant thinker, wordsmith, and swordsman. More…

From the show:

The poet with panache–and a legendary nose–plays anew under the Theater Tent:

Longtime HVSF company member Jason O’Connell leads a five-person cast as his own Cyrano, the brilliant thinker, wordsmith, and swordsman. He’s a thorny romantic with an outsized reputation and a barely-contained love for his childhood sweetheart, Roxane. Can she sniff out the truth in this sophisticated suitor’s heart before it’s too late?


Member Reviews (18)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Entertaining, Clever, Funny, Delightful
83
Avg Score

78
Delightful, Ambitious, Romantic, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a solid adaptation at a wonderful venue. You enjoy adaptations that are anachronistic.

Don't see it if You dislike anachronisms in adaptations. You dislike plays where supporting characters are largely caricature.

Also "Got me looking so crazy, my baby... Read more Read less

83
Exquisite, Great acting, Quirky

See it if You are up for a take on the original that is clever & entertaining. Great setting & fine actors!

Don't see it if You prefer sitting in a theater to being in a natural setting

86
Bring mosquito repellent, Don't miss it, Jason mcconnell steals the show (again), Fantastic interpretation

See it if C it 2 laugh widely & cry freely at the same play To appreciate a take on Cyrano that is faithful to heroics & romance but has a fresh wit

Don't see it if If you don't like tom foolery or intentionally over the top performance, or if you might be turned off by a somewhat indulgent adaptation

Also Jason O'Connell is well worth traveling for and the Hudson Valley Shak... Read more Read less

82
Missing some of the grand rhetoric that makes the original soar, Bucolic setting, O'connell ideally cast, Inventive paring down of outsized romantic saga

See it if for a pleasant evening in Boscobel's tent to enjoy a grand old warhorse stripped down to its essentials by a winning company of 5 actors

Don't see it if you don't like anachronisms, require spectacle, or aren't willing to have a classic slapped around a bit to fit the demands of reduced cast

Also The adaptation of the Rostand's 5-act Romantic drama is the main reaso... Read more Read less

77
They try hard, Uneven, Ambitious, Gorgeous setting

See it if seeing a show at boscobel is about more than just the theater - the picnic on the hudson and the unbelievable setting elevates everything

Don't see it if The acting is uneven, the sets and props are amateurish but they try to bring humor and modernize these classics for wide appeal.

85
Clever, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You like drama 'light' done in that unique way which HVSF does so well with a great cast and an amusing touch. This is well worth the trip.

Don't see it if If you like your drama 'straight' with a large cast and all characters 'in character' and you can't be bothered to travel to Cold Spring NY.

86
Intelligent, Great staging, Great acting, Funny, Delightful

See it if Traditional classical productions without In your face political correctness as a subplot. Fine acting and staging in a bucolic venue

Don't see it if Only interested in fluff

Also More professional, and authentic and less pedantic than... Read more Read less

79
Ambitious, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy a unique theatre experience on a beautiful hudson valley night and can appreciate a very hard working cast with a lot of dialogue

Don't see it if you can't embrace and support innovative regional productions that deserve an appreciative audience and if you need air conditioned space

87
Intelligent, Hilarious, Delightful

See it if You like intelligent comedy. The writing and acting are spectacular! So much fun!

Don't see it if I can’t think of a good reason not to.

71
Great staging, Funny, Entertaining

See it if want to see a stripped-down and entertaining version this classic tale in one of the best & unique outdoor locations for theatre in New York

Don't see it if you want to see the best of the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival productions - and if you like your theatre indoors.

96
Intelligent, Great acting, Delightful

See it if Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival at Boscobel is always enjoyable. It is a perfect way to spend a summer evening.

Don't see it if You do not enjoy outdoor theater

Also The acting was excellent. The man who played Cyrano was great! My 15 y... Read more Read less

97
Modern, outrageously comic tear-jerker extraordinaire

See it if You love the original classic but always yearned for the classic’s emotional size without the fustian. Terrific acting. Jason splendid.

Don't see it if You don’t want to both laugh and cry.

75
Funny, Great acting, Clever

See it if You want to go to a beautiful place to see a show!

Don't see it if A tad overlong. Play is in the thrust, but staged for a proscenium, so I wouldn’t recommend sitting on the sides.

89
Both hilarious & moving, The perfect medieval story meets modern & witty adaptation, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy great performance - Jason O'Connell is remarkable and George Merrick shows off his skill and experience with great flair

Don't see it if You are looking for a traditional adaptation, this is a cross between Steve Martin's Roxanne and the classic or if you dislike outdoor venue

Also Jason O'Connell & Brenda Withers have written a classy and witty adapt... Read more Read less

80
Hilarious, Great staging, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You enjoy classic style comedies with modern day raunch and humor, great ensemble acting, and comedy bits.

Don't see it if You prefer contemporary language and story lines, dramatic works, or dislike adaptations.

85
Wonderful costumes, Great acting, Clever, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if you like an ideal romance story.

Don't see it if you always want the good guy to win at the end.

89
Quirky, Funny, Clever

See it if You like classics delivered creatively and playfully; enjoy grand romance, swashbuckling sword action, and humor

Don't see it if You want a strictly period-accurate piece in language, setting, and structure

81
Refreshing, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You like outdoor theater, unique staging, 5 person cast, great story and retelling of a classic. Great acting , fun night

Don't see it if Don’t like 5 person cast each playing multiple roles, has a contemporary spin so don’t see if want precise retelling of original story


August 21st, 2019
"A Nose by Any Other Name in a Hudson Valley ‘Cyrano’: Jason O’Connell and Brenda Withers’s adaptation of 'Cyrano de Bergerac' at the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival asks us not to take anything at face value."
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July 6th, 2019
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