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?
May 3, 2012 |
Texting and email may have replaced quill and ink in "Cyrano" -- Stephen Sachs' contemporary re-envisioning of Edmond Rostand's classic drama -- but the problematic nature of communication remains a constant. If anything, the theme gains new dimension and impact through the collision of hearing, deaf and online cultures in this inspired and inspiring adaptation's debut co-production from the Fountain Theatre and Deaf West Theatre companies. Performed simultaneously in spoken dialogue and American Sign Language by a mixed ensemble of hearing and deaf actors, Sachs' moving adaptation transposes Rostand's archetypal heroic outsider into a gifted coffeehouse poet whose inferiority complex is rooted in his deafness rather than his perfectly normal nose.
January 7, 2009 |
There may be prohibitive reasons, doubtless having to do with money, but in my perfect world every noteworthy or even more than halfway interesting theatrical production would be committed to film or tape or a digital hard drive and make its way to the wider world, by which I mean television. In my telescoped memory, it seems that this happened quite often when I was small, and at its best delivered an electric charge particular to live performance.
February 3, 2008 |
Not long ago, the blogosphere was smirking collectively about the news that a "busy" L.A. executive had placed an ad on Craigslist, seeking to hire a ghostwriter to compose "masculine but romantic" e-mails for him on online dating sites. Have a laugh, but should anyone be surprised? In an age when time-pressed urbanites can hire help to handle all manner of daily details such as walking the dogs and shopping for clothes, why not outsource your love life? It's much less messy when you can retain a pro to compose your Match.
January 11, 2008 |
The producers of "Cyrano de Bergerac" announced that the Broadway play earned back its $3.5 million capitalization, the season's first show to make its investors whole. "Cyrano," which closed on Jan. 6 at New York's Richard Rodgers Theatre, paired television and movie star Jennifer Garner with Kevin Kline, featured in films and a dozen Broadway shows. The revival of the 1897 romantic drama was well reviewed and played to more than 90%-capacity crowds since opening Nov. 1, except during the 19-day stagehands strike that closed most of Broadway.
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June 13, 2007 |
Actress Mala Powers, who played Roxane to Jose Ferrer's "Cyrano de Bergerac" and starred in other films of the 1950s, has died. She was 75. Powers died Monday of complications from leukemia at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, according to actress Kim Barrett, who was Powers' protegee. She was born Mary Ellen Powers in 1931 in San Francisco to journalist parents who moved to Hollywood.