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"Cyrano De Bergerac"

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"Cyrano De Bergerac" now playing at Archway Theatre in the NoHo Arts District through June 11.

 

The Archway Theatre is a bit of a marvel really. 

The artistic director Steven Sabel never ceases to amaze me with his challenging and gracefully selected plays and the passion with which he gathers his team of actors and production crew to give their absolute all in every conceivable way.

Cyrano

"Cyrano De Bergerac" is a beautiful and much reproduced play in various forms, most notably by Steve Martin in the lovely "Roxanne," of course.  But this sad and wonderful story about a man so beloved by everyone but himself, who falls in love with a woman he convinces himself he can never have, is quite the most heartbreaking and inspiring of plays.

Based on a real person, "Cyrano De Bergerac" is such a treasure of a play that to produce it without the reverence it deserves could be catastrophic.  But the company at Archway have created a lovingly rendered and hugely successful version, full of vividly drawn characters, brilliantly choreographed scenes, and a production with a clear sense of direction, purpose and resolve.

The casting is really excellent. Our Cyrano is played with “panache” by the wonderful Christopher Karbo, a founding member of the company, with Emily Blokker-Dalquist as his Roxanne. Both are  truly phenomenal.  Such a perfect match in every way, their chemistry is palpable.

This is a truly brilliant production of this play. 

They have held close to its lyrical and classical structure, but perform with such gusto and charm that the characters seem fresh and new and the story, one we all know so well, not at all old but authentic and real.  From tavern to barracks, from nunnery to battleground, this sad story takes us and its actors on quite a ride and always with language for the ages.

"Cyrano De Bergerac" is a much-revered play with very good reason.  Written by Edmund Rostand in 1897, the playwright found an exquisite way to honor a gentle and courageous man and a particular moment in the history of France with echos of Shakespeare and Voltairean verse.

I cannot encourage you enough to go and see the Archway production of "Cyrano De Bergerac."  The sheer joy the cast shows us in every scene is while sharing this gift of a story is pretty unforgettable.  To be honest, this play is well worth the time just to watch what is probably the longest dying scene ever written for the stage…ever.  Brilliant!

Garden

Everyone is absolutely wonderful, in roles both large and small.  The costumes and sets are impeccable and totally right for every character, although I have come to expect this from Archway, they pay attention to every detail, always.

I love extolling the virtues of NoHo theatre, and I am never happier than sitting in the dark on a squeaky seat, fanning myself with a program and watching art unfurl before me for a couple of hours.  Live theatre is the best…isn't it…

"Cyrano De Bergerac"

Archway Theatre
10509 Burbank Blvd.
 North Hollywood, 91601

Fridays and Saturdays 8pm, Sundays at 2pm

May 13 - June 11

http://www.archwayla.com

Written by Edmund Rostand

Directed by Steven Label

Cast

Cyrano De Bergerac - Christopher Karbo

Magdaleine Robin Roxanne - Emily Blokker-Dalquist

Christian De Neuvillette - Jesse Durant

Comte De Guiche - Paul Carpenter

Captain Le Bret - Jason DeWitt

Duenia - Faith Streng

Ragueneau - Adam David Green

Lize - Sydnee Ortiz

Cadet Brie - Nima Ghomeshi

Cadet Camembert - Durwyn Robinson

Cadet Roquefort - Chris Howe

Ligniere - Daniel Krause

Marques De Valvert - Andre Anderson

Montfleury - Charles E. White

Mother Superior/Marguerite - Dorrie Braum

Shop Girl/Sister Claire - Briana Lipps

Flower Girl/Sister Marthe - Morgan Zenith

Production Staff

Producing Artistic Director - Steven Sabel

Stage Managers - Thomas Velasquez, Yae Sol Jeong, Jennifer Hawkins

Technical Director - Steven Sabel

Set Design - John Eddings

Scenic Art - James Schendel

Costumer - Sarah Morris

Costumes - Sally Schaub, Mel Virgo, Etha

Speciality Makeup - Brandon Spear

Properties Mistress - Madeleine Heil

Fight Choreographer - Steven Sabel

Fight Captain - Christopher Karbo

House Manager - Annie Freeman

Graphic Artist - Madeleine Heil

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Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros

Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros is a British writer, director, filmmaker living in Los Angeles. She co-created the unprecedented project 52 Films/52 Weeks: A Year in Filmmaking, where she and her partners, wrote, directed, produced and edited a film a week for an entire year. She currently has several independent film projects at various stages of development.  

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