PLAYBILL PICKS: Timeless Love Affairs on Stage

By Robert Simonson
13 Feb 2014

Douglas Hodge
Photo by Joan Marcus

Cyrano de Bergerac

The ultimate tale of selfless and unrequited love, Edmond Rostand's 1897 play tells of a brave and dashing soldier in the French Army who loves the beauteous Roxanne but feels he has no chance of winning the lady owing to his prominent proboscis. Instead, he helps the tongue-tied but handsome Christian woo her, feeding him witty and literate speeches, which Roxanne takes for Christian's own words. Cyrano continues to pine in silence, and Roxanne only learns the truth just before Cyrano dies.