This is the classic story of the dashing soldier with the large nose and larger-than-life personality. Cyrano loves the witty and beautiful Roxanne but is too ashamed of his physical appearance to woo her. He enlists the help of the handsome but tongue-tied Christian who is also madly in love with Roxanne. Cyrano writes passionate and inspired poems and letters to Roxanne and Christian delivers them. When Christian is later mortally wounded in battle, Cyrano becomes Roxanne’s lifelong friend and comforter.
What the Armchair Critics Thought:
We loved this romantic and poetic play -although some of us had difficulty finding an English version! Ronstand’s verses are wonderful and we wished we had someone to compare the translation to the original French play. We thought that the depiction of steadfast and devoted love must be the main reason for the timeless appeal of Cyrano. It was nice to see an intelligent and witty heroine in a story from this time period. We were intrigued to learn that Cyano was a real person and that he wrote some of the first science fiction books back in the 1600’s. We also discussed the film versions of the play (Steve Martin’s “Roxanne” and Gerard Depardieu’s “Cyrano”).