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Frank Langella's Cyrano Paperback – May 1, 1999


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 81 pages
  • Publisher: Broadway Play Pub; 1st edition (May 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0881451495
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881451498
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,887,427 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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CYRANO need not have diminished emotional impact when divorced from the grand acting style for which the play was conceived. Its lyrical scenes still etch a portrait of Cyrano as a man of uncompromising bravery except in matters of the heart. They come off beautifully in the intimate off-Broadway-size Roundabout Theater. To the open minded, Langella's work will hardly seem felonious and it may be a breakthrough! --David Patrick Stearns, U S A Today

Frank Langella has abridged the text and given the play a bare-bones production shorn of extravagance. CYRANO is compelling enough in its characterizations, dialogue and situations to withstand minimalism. --Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter

Frank Langella's adaptation is relatively short, fast and intimate. The speed of the shortened version allows the ideas behind the play to emerge with great force and clarity. The result is a terrifically enjoyable and surprising thought-provoking piece of theater. --Fintan O'Toole, Daily News (New York)

Frank Langella has abridged the text and given the play a bare-bones production shorn of extravagance. CYRANO is compelling enough in its characterizations, dialogue and situations to withstand minimalism. --Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter

Frank Langella's adaptation is relatively short, fast and intimate. The speed of the shortened version allows the ideas behind the play to emerge with great force and clarity. The result is a terrifically enjoyable and surprising thought-provoking piece of theater. --Fintan O'Toole, Daily News (New York)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 23, 2001
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Accomplished stage and screen actor, Mr. Langella mentions in the preface to Cyrano that adapting Edmond Rostand's classic Cyrano de Bergerac had been nagging away at him for many years. As an actor who had played the part of the long-nosed swordsman twice in his career he realized that the challenge existed to strip Rostand's Cyrano down to a minimal cast, with less battle scenes, no more hordes of nuns and reducing the epic music that accompanied the original. Langella's attempt at paring down this classic makes for a very enjoyable read. What prevails by the final page of the book is the realization that Langella has, by taking away some of the pomp and ceremony, left the reader with the realization that this isn't a story about a guy with a big nose but rather one of the most painful love stories ever written. The love triangle that exists between the beautiful Roxane, the handsome, yet tongue-tied Christian and of course, Cyrano the poet has been revamped to appeal to a younger generation. The language is more contemporary than the original and by removing some of the many superfluous characters from the original cast page it is a far quicker read. Langella's Cyrano is however not without it's faults. He tries to add a new twist on the original by focusing too much on the character of Lise, the mute servant girl being in secret admiration of Cyrano. In the same way that Cyrano feels himself too ugly to be noticed by Roxane, Cyrano is considered at fault for never recognizing the adoring Lise. Perhaps if this adaptation was actually seen on stage this sub-plot might make more sense, but as a reader it seems an unnecessary part of the plot to focus on. In conclusion, Langella has done a fine job. It's certainly no classic but it is a great attempt at giving Rostand a new contemporary feel. I would certainly recommend readers getting back in touch with the most famous long-nosed literary character to grace the pages of a book. It won't disappoint!
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Ok, I flatter myself. Mr. Langella did a great job of adapting this monumental work. I have read and seen both the Hooker and the Burgess versions performed. The play is, in the words of Valver... long, very long. The Burgess transalation is 193 pages. Mr. Langella's is 81. An 81 page play is still long.

He has whittled it down to the meat of the matter. The juice and joy are all still there without all the fat, gristle and feathers. He left a few of the best feathers. Enough for a white plume. He left the panache.

I hope to be directing and producing this adaptation of the play with our community theatre in August of next year. Now I can do it with an already adapted work in hand. THANK YOU, Frank! I'll send you tickets.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Zeta Lady in San Diego on April 21, 2012
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Book had right title on back label when scanned but the title of the book on front was different. Never received the title I ordered. I was sent "Frank's House" a drama script instead. Who ever put the label on the back to be scanned did not look at the book title. I have never received a replacement. I returned the incorrect script. ???????Frank Langella's Cyrano This is the book I asked for.
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