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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through April 15 2018

A magnetic performance by Michael B. Woods drives BoHo Theatre's funny and moving Chicago premiere of Michael Hollinger and Aaron Posner's wonderful 2011 adaptation of Edmond Rostand's 1897 verse drama Cyrano de Bergerac. Woods plays Cyrano, a soldier in mid-17th-century France whose skills as a swordsman and poet belie his painful insecurity about his oversize, misshapen nose. Cyrano helps his handsome comrade Christian (Zach Livingston) woo the beautiful Roxane (Vahishta Vafadari)—with whom Cyrano himself is hopelessly in love—by penning romantic missives to the lady under Christian's name. Hollinger (a Philadelphia playwright who cites Molière and Mamet among his major influences) and Posner have concocted a witty, rhythmically vigorous script that melds classical elegance with contemporary accessibility. Director Steve O'Connell's intimate staging features exciting fight choreography by Jon Beal and Kai Young, well executed by a gifted nine-person cast. —Albert Williams

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