Review: ‘Cyrano’ Captures the Yearning and Tragedy of Rostand’s Classic Play

Edmond Rostand’s Cyrano de Bergerac is perhaps one of the best plays ever written. 

It rivals the likes of Shakespeare’s most popular tales. 

Like many plays, it has been revisited, retold, and reimagined over the years—with the Gérard Depardieu-led movie reigning supreme before Joe Wright’s Cyrano arrived to overshadow every adaptation that came before. 

There are a few changes that screenwriter Erica Schmidt chose to make and honestly, as a Cyrano purist, they work to further the story along in a refreshingly new way. 

First and foremost, rather than envisioning a man with an abnormally large nose, she envisioned her husband Peter Dinklage for the role of the dashing poet Cyrano de Bergerac. 

Rather than Cyrano and Roxanne being cousins, Cyrano opts to see them as childhood friends.