Many critics have called Cyrano a virtuoso play

Many critics have called Cyrano a virtuoso play - Many...

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Unformatted text preview: Many critics have called Cyrano a virtuoso play, saying that it was written especially to capitalize upon the sundry talents of the famous French actor, Constant Coquelin. There is, of course, a precedent for thinking that Rostand wrote Cyrano with Coquelin in mind; he had previously written La Samaritaine specifically for Sarah Bernhardt. In addition, the dedication of the play, which reads, "It was to the Soul Of CYRANO that I intended to dedicate this poem. But since that soul has been reborn in you, COQUELIN, it is to you that I dedicate it," has also been pointed to as evidence that the play is a virtuoso play. If this dedication were written prior to production or publication of the play in the hope that such flattery would entice Coquelin to play the leading role, then it may well support this view. If, on the other hand, the dedication were written after production of the play, then it is more this view....
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