Cyrano | Chopin Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Oct. 16 2011
Price: $10-$25
As adapted and directed for the House Theatre by Matt Hawkins, Edmond Rostand's romantic swashbuckler hits the sweet spot--dumping the narrative puffery of the 1897 original without sacrificing the pathos and panache that make it so much fun. Shawn Pfautsch plays the poet-soldier as a wistful balladeer who can tickle the ivories and trounce the opposition with equal aplomb. In Pfautsch's performance, Cyrano is as psychically scarred by his nose as Shakespeare's Richard III is by his hump, and yet his underlying nobility wins out. Collette Pollard's inspired set, Hawkins's terrific fight sequences, and strong supporting work from Stacy Stoltz as Roxane and Mike Smith as Cyrano's budding acolyte, Ligniere, add to the pleasures of this revamped theatrical chestnut. --Kerry Reid

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