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Many critics have called Cyrano a virtuoso play

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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 
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