Family Life,
November 1998

Children's Hour: Videos by Joanne Kaufman.
Cyrano, Family Life Critic's Choice: Ages 11 & up
This cleverly and adroitly stripped down production of Edmond Rostand's classic play from Antwerp theater company Blauw Vier has a cast of three, with each actor taking several roles and providing the witty sound effects. The title character is both a swordsman of matchless skill and a brilliant poet whose words reach their mark as surely as his rapier hits its target. There's just one problem. Cyrano's in love with the beautiful Roxane. No, no, that's not the problem. The problem (and it is a big one) is Cyrano's proboscis. One tip: Fast-forward through the video's opening sequence, which is a pointless, stiff tour through Antwerp with one Professor Elizabeth McNamer, the poorly chosen narrator of the proceedings. (To order, call 888-324-5623.)