Augenblick mal! 2003

Sonntag, 4. Mai 2003 | carrousel Theater - Turnhalle

MOKS am Bremer Theater
Schauspiel mit Musik
von Edmond Rostand
Rechte bei MOKS am Bremer Theater
Stückbearbeitung von Hermann Book, Rebecca Hohmann, Klaus Schumacher
ab 13 Jahren | 90 Minuten

Director: Klaus Schumacher
Stage and Costume Design: Katrin Plötzky
Dramaturgy: Rebecca Hohmann
Music: Octavia Crummenerl, Thomas Schacht
Actor(s): Hermann Book (Cyrano), Alexander Hauer (Graf Guiche/Le Bret), Maureen Havlena (Roxane), Tobias Pflug (Christian)


Relying strongly on the biography and writings of the real 17th Century poet Hektor Savinien de Cyrano, Edmond Rostand conjured into life the suave swashbuckler and sophisticated poet Cyrano de Bergerac for his famous romantic comedy in verse. The play


In a turquoise green room, unmistakably modern, this staging of the classic play 'Cyrano' begins – as a reading. The actors pore over Rostand's text and in a coy game expose bit by bit the nature of their relationship. When Cyrano turns on the audience and suddenly demands "Why do you keep staring at my nose?" it is clear the story about our poet-hero cursed with the hideous appearance has begun. The audience is immediately drawn – along with the actors – into a wrestling love dance between the gorgeous Christian, the powerful Count Guiches and Cyrano, all for the sake of the beloved Roxane. The original text has been reduced with remarkable care, focusing on this love-crossed foursome, without us missing even for a moment the large cast of Rostand's original. The staging draws its vitality from strong situations, potent characters, plus the self-confident handling of the language and figures of a classic drama, offering us new access to Rostand's timeless tragic comedy. It's almost a pity, however, that the reading with which the production begins gets lots in the bustle of the occurrences – and never returns.

The music is a merge of acoustic and computer-processed sounds, discretely creating a memorable atmosphere which fuses smoothly with the whole of the production, becoming even a 'fifth' actor of sorts. Wisely in tune with the times, the Moks Theatre addresses a vital subject of relevance to today's young audience: is it more my physical appearance which matters or is it what I say and communicate to others? In the central encounter with a love larger than life, this question is given a new immediacy, channelled through Rostand's characters of the darling Christian and the sassy big-nosed Cyrano. Within the circle of men, the actress playing Roxane moves freely with charm and inquisitive openness, unapologetically in search of her true mate.

With distinct stylistic and rhythmic elements, atmospheric transitions in the story take place fluidly, ingenuity is applied in place of set changes. Likewise, battles are translated onto the stage choreographically – theatrical snapshots true to the medium. The light direction attains equally grand effects, with economical means. The production as a whole is an intuitive interplay of all elements of theatre. A highly convincing, inspiring and thought-provoking transfer of a classic play into the present time, due, for the most part, to a vibrant ensemble – working smoothly as a team yet also allowing space for the brilliant performance of Cyrano. A pleasant way to travel through time, successfully communicating, especially to a young audience, that the core questions and conflicts in life are no invention of our age.

Franziska Steiof

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