Atom User Reviews for National Theater Live: Cyrano de Bergerac
I didn't know anything about it going in, but I fell in love. Very unique style for the adaptation, but it really worked.
James McAvoy was SUBLIME. Without him, the stripped-down production (no period costumes, barren white box set) and pretentious staging would have been awful. But James is a Master of his craft—and worth the full price of the ticket. Five stars for McAvoy, two stars for the adaptation and direction.
Cyrano (the 1950 version) is one of my husband's favorite movies. Although I thought the acting was good, I didn't care for the adaptation. I also thought the cussing could have been left out and the innuendos. I'm not sure why that is always included in a modern adaptation. Ugh! Part of what makes Cyrano Cyrano is his masterful use of language. We were disappointed in this production and chose to leave early.
I really loved it, so intense, but very exciting!
James McAvoy was the only thing I liked about this play. There was a lot of bad language and a gay kiss that were not at all necessary to the story. The play was done in an artsy weird way and wasn't at all what I was expecting. There were many elements that had me wondering why they were there. It was just too out there for me, so much so that I had a hard time relating to it. Knowing what I know now I would not have gone to see it.
James McAvoy is pure gold. I wish I could watch his performance on a loop. Anita-Joy Uwajeh was a phenomenal Roxane. The entire cast is magic. I feel so blessed I got to witness this work of art.
James McAvoy is a force to behold. Amazing performance.
A wonderful adaptation! I did enjoy it but it took me a while to be comfortable with the style of the adaptation. On the other hand, I imagine that at the time the play may well have been ribald and rhyming. Wonderful performances from the leads!