If you weren't able to catch the mostly captivating 2007 Broadway revival of Edmond Rostand's classic Cyrano de Bergerac, you'll have your opportunity this evening when PBS broadcasts the David Leveaux-helmed translation from Anthony Burgess as part of its "Great Performances" series.
The main attraction here is clearly Kevin Kline. Regular readers may recall that I singled out his extraordinary turn in the title role for high praise in my November 6, 2007 SOB Review:
Kline firmly centers the show with his nuanced and understated performance that's breathtaking to behold. Seemingly without effort, he manages one of those rare spine-tingling feats of the stage...While I wasn't exactly enamored with Jennifer Garner's Broadway debut, I still gave the show three out of four stars, as well as props to the film and television actress for her critically important final scene. And in a bit of serendipity, the actress just became a mother yet again just yesterday.
With Kline's "Great Performance" in mind, I would certainly recommend this for your viewing pleasure. PBS' "Great Performances" is scheduled to begin at 8:00 p.m. EST, but be sure to check your local television listings.
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