Cyrano! His wit is as sharp as his sword, the enormity of his talent, intellect and passion matched only by the enormity of his, well, nose. The uniquely endowed protagonist of Cyrano de Bergerac is given a fresh face in this poignant and playful paean to panache, written in rhyming couplets. Romance rules the day in award-winning playwright Barry Kornhauser's portrait of that enduring hero of imperfection and his classic love triangle with the exquisite Roxane and the handsome and earnest, but verbally challenged, Christian. "A remarkable version of … one of the greatest romances of all time. … Daft English poetry coupled with luxuriously lyrical rhyming schemes. … Masterful writing and witty wordplay … and the reward … is one riveting adaptation that is not to be missed." (Metro Weekly)
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- Type of Show Full-length Play
- Product Code CB3000
- Cast Size 21
- Min. Royalty Rate $90/perf
- Cost $10.95
- Approx. Run Time 150 min
- Target Audience High School | College and Adult | Senior Adults
- Performing Group High School | College Theatre | Community Theatre | Professional Theatre
- Genre Comedy | Tragedy
- ISBN(13) 9781583421635
- "This was by far the best translation of Cyrano I found in my research. The language was beautiful and packed full of puns, the suggested doubling made the cast size perfect for my high school, and the show carried all the emotional impact you'd expect. This play really reverberated with my actors and our audience."
- Review by Stefanie Ask, Sitka High School, Sitka, Alaska
- "For years I've wanted to direct a production [of Cyrano de Bergerac] that captured its wit, poetry and passion. When I read the adaptation by Barry Kornhauser, I knew I had finally found an English version in verse that retained the rich humor and beauty of Rostand's play. … Tremendously literate, tremendously clever … this adaptation has the modernity that you want in a new translation and yet doesn't sacrifice the classicism or the ability to enter into another era."
- Review by Michael Kahn, The Shakespeare Theatre
Media Reviews"It's as if someone pumped nitrous oxide into the theater, so giggly and woozy are the goings-on. … Kornhauser's free new English adaptation [is] a crazy quilt of rhyme schemes … an intensely moving treatise on not only the alchemic powers of love but also the beauty found in sacrifice" -The Washington Times
"A frothy Cyrano invigorated by … the irreverence of a zinger-packed adaptation that displays as much affinity for the wit and wisdom of Milton Berle as for that of Edmond Rostand. … A rhyming version that performs a kind of teasing gavotte on the ears. … Pack(s) surprising punch." -The Washington Post
"Absolutely charming … A standing ovation waiting to happen." -Intelligencer Journal
"Written entirely in verse, Barry Kornhauser's modern translation whips airy comedy with heartbreaking romance. … Breathtaking … beautifully realized … sheer heart-stopping poignancy…Panache!" -Margaret Lawrence, American Theatre Critics Association