October 1998. p.26

Cyrano. Globalstage. 1998. 101 min.
(pp). (1-892045-02-8). 842'.8 Rostand, Edmond.
Cyrano de Bergerac. English-Adaptations Ages 9-adult.

Filmed on location in Antwerp, Belgium, the city's theater troupe, Blauw Vier, mounts an interesting, modernized adaptation of the classic Edmond Rostand drama. Good acting by a young cast, along with plentiful close-ups, captivating music, and imaginative staging, make for an accessible presentation aimed at kids but with appeal for teens and adults, too. Before the curtain, hosts Professor Elizabeth McNamer and her young charge, Preston Blakeley, stroll the picturesque city, discussing the historical and literary importance of the play, and afterwards introduce a background segment on the production's vivid sound effects. This title in the BBC's Globalstage 1998 Children's Theatre Series is a natural for literature and language classes. -Jeff Dick