Cyrano de Bergerac at Guthrie Theater Review
This past weekend I attended the play Cyrano De Bergerac at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. I had never been to this theater before, so I was excited to check the place out. It’s located pretty centrally downtown, and it has beautiful views of the river.
The theater recommends that you get there a little early for parking and to visit some of the attractions in the building. As I hadn’t visited before, I followed this advice to check out the Endless Bridge and Amber Box.
The Endless Bridge itself wasn’t all that impressive to me, but the mirrored windows and view on the balcony at the end are what make it worth visiting.
The Amber Box was really cool, but there were quite a few people in there taking pictures. I’d recommend going early to be the only one in there, or at least one of the few. It’s a little tricky to find, as not all of the elevators go all the way up. It’s on the ninth floor, which I believe can be accessed from the East elevators. Worst case, go up to floor 5 and walk directly across the hall to find the elevators that will take you to the top.
The stage was beautifully set up for the play. A lot of the pieces were repurposed and used throughout the entirety of the show. I love when theaters use simple backgrounds/props and still make you believe you’re in different settings - which this play achieved easily.
The acting was phenomenal, especially from the title character. He had me laughing along with him and practically in tears at some of the more emotional parts. Cyrano definitely carried the play for me.
The only issue I struggled with in this play probably had more to do with the way it was written than the acting. There were a few major time leaps, that were kind of hard to follow along with. These leaps in time were noted by maybe one line and a change in hairstyle. It left me a little confused initially.
Potential spoilers ahead.
I went into this play expecting it to be mostly a comedy, and while there were many funny parts, it was more of a drama. Fair warning that that it doesn’t have the happiest of endings. However, I think it achieved exactly what it was supposed to. It made the audience feel for the characters and think about different types of love. So for that, I recommend going to watch Cyrano de Bergerac at the Guthrie Theater before it leaves in May 2019.