May 23, 2012 |
Nearly a decade ago, an improbable dream came true for Deaf West Theatre and its founder, Ed Waterstreet. The small, L.A.-based company went to Broadway with its signed and spoken version of the musical "Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. " Even as he savored their success, Waterstreet had another dream - creating an original musical inspired by Edmond Rostand's "Cyrano de Bergerac. " What better tale for his theater to tell than one that explores the universal desire to express oneself?
August 13, 1990 |
Bravo to the California Youth Theatre for exceeding expectations in its staging of one of the most lyrical plays ever written, Edmond Rostand's "Cyrano de Bergerac." Yes, the production and its cast of 8-to-21-year-olds have limitations, despite professional guidance from veteran director Malcolm Black and fight director B.H. Barry. The five acts of romance, earthy humor, tragedy and poetry begin with admirable momentum, then slow perceptibly. The three and a half hours do not fly by.
October 13, 1985 |
The last time Los Angeles saw John Cullum was with Elizabeth Taylor and the late Richard Burton in "Private Lives." That didn't work out so well. Before that, he appeared in the Broadway productions of "Shenandoah" and "On the 20th Century," and as far as Los Angeles' regard of Cullum is concerned, that didn't work out at all--he didn't come west with those productions. Cullum has taken matters into his own hands.
November 17, 2012 |
NEW YORK - Few people would think that Douglas Hodge's last two Broadway parts had anything to do with the other: Albin in "La Cage Aux Folles" and the title role in "Cyrano de Bergerac. " But the British actor says the drag queen and the disfigured romantic are actually opposite sides of the same character - people trying to create an identity hiding their true nature. "While they are two very different people, they do appear to be cousins," Hodge said. "They have constructed a personality - forged a life - that is bigger than their selves, a suit of armor to put on. " After his 2010 best actor in a musical Tony Award for "La Cage Aux Folles," Hodge returned to New York last month to star as Cyrano, the secret poet at the center of Edmond Rostand's 1897 tragedy.
September 25, 1999
In Michael Phillips' review of "Cyrano de Bergerac," he wrote that "Cyrano learns it's not he she loves" (" 'Cyrano' Woos, but Timidly," Sept. 20). Well, it's easy to see why she wouldn't love he. That would be ungrammatical and her is not that dumb. IRV ELMAN Pacific Palisades
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November 25, 1988
Congratulations, America. You've finally elected a woman president, Peggy Noonan! It was her speech writing that made a kinder, gentler George Bush with a thousand points of light. The female Cyrano de Bergerac aside, Bush is now accountable to all the American citizens. How about 240 million points of light, George? JUNE FORAY DONAVAN Woodland Hills