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Cyrano de Bergerac The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 15 2009

No translator is given credit for this English-language version of French dramatist Edmond Rostand's 1897 play about a witty, famously large-nosed 17th century poet, soldier, and playwright--and that's just as well. The script is merely serviceable, retelling Cyrano's story--notable mainly for his unrequited love for his cousin Roxanne--without wowing us with literary pyrotechnics. Director Kevin Theis's production is similarly disappointing, puttering along without ever stirring the blood. Despite Jeff Coates's skillful choreography, the fight scenes never excite. The moments of bittersweet romance never move, and the comic scenes only inspire a mild smile. Only Katherine Keberlein generates any heat with her smart and sexy Roxanne, though not enough to make her scenes with Jack Hickey's lukewarm, droopy Cyrano sizzle. –Jack Helbig

Price: $10-$27

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