Thursday, January 8, 2009

Panache

A real star is a beautiful thing.  Last night I watched the PBS broadcast of last season's Broadway revival of Cyrano de Bergerac. The play may be over-the-top, sentimental, and slightly silly, but when done right, it's totally irresistible. David Leveaux's production had a fine handle on the spectacle (oh those costumes) and, aside from a blah Jennifer Garner as Roxanne (she wasn't terrible, just not enough to set the heart aflame), the supporting cast was fantastic. But the production's reason for being was Kevin Kline, and what a marvel he is. That voice, that presence, that way of playing an audience like a violin: simply amazing. There is nothing like star quality, and Kline has it in spades. Cyrano should be on PBS a few times more in the next couple of weeks. Watch/tape/Tivo it. You won't regret it.

1 comment:

Lauren Yarger said...

"Over-the-top, sentimental, and slightly silly", I protest. I LOVE that play and "I have loved but one man in my life, and I have lost him twice" is about one of the most moving moments in theater (although I must admit I never yet have seen a production that gets the balcony scene lighting right).
I totally forgot PBS taped it. Thanks for the reminder, Zev. I'll keep an eye out for the next airing.