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Riverside Theatre’s newest hero has a big nose, and a bigger heart


“A great nose many be an index of a great soul” -- Edmond Rostand, Cyrano de Bergerac --photo provided by the Riverside Theatre
“A great nose many be an index of a great soul” — Edmond Rostand, Cyrano de Bergeracphoto via Riverside Theatre

Cyrano

Riverside Theatre — Through Sunday, July 12

Everyone knows the saying: A rose by any other name would surely smell as sweet. Audiences at the Riverside Theatre this summer will soon learn that when it comes to love, tragi-comedic hero Cyrano de Bergerac’s nose knows best.

Riverside Theatre is staging Cyrano, Joe Roets’ adaptation of Edmond Rostand’s 1897 Cyrano de Bergerac, a staple of the French stage and a classic tale of unrequited love based on the memoirs of a 17th Century sword-swinging poet.

The silver-tongued Cyrano pines for the beautiful Roxane, but one obstacle keeps the lovesick swashbuckler from declaring his affections: his “magnificent Mount Everest of a nose”! In a horrible and hilarious turn of events, Cyrano’s rival, the sexy but inarticulate Christian, steals his eloquent love letters in order to woo Roxane himself. But the question remains: Which does Roxane love more — Christian’s visage, or Cyrano’s mind?

“A kiss, when all is told, what is it?” -- Edmond Rostand, Cyrano de Bergerac --photo provided by the Riverside Theatre
“A kiss, when all is told, what is it?” — Edmond Rostand, Cyrano de Bergeracphoto via Riverside Theatre

“The play works on so many levels: as a piece of dramatic poetry, a moving romance, a thrilling adventure and an always-relevant tale of how self-image can limit our dreams,” said Riverside Theatre’s artistic director Jody Hollands. “The adaptation is tailored for a versatile acting ensemble and imaginative, theatrical staging.”

Cyrano will run until Sunday, July 12.


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