How can a stage inhabited by random props and a total of three actors still give the impression of being lush? In the Indiana Repertory Theatre, directed by John Green and acted by three founding members of the ShadowApe Theatre Company, with an environment created by scenic and light masters Robert and Ryan Koharchik - that"s how.
Robert Johansen plays the poet with a big honker in "Cyrano," a compact adaptation of the classic tale, at the IRT through Oct. 19.
Cyrano, a compact adaptation by Jo Roets of the classic tale of the love-torn poet with a big honker, is a "good-parts" retelling of the story, with updated costuming and delivery. Green took three actors, all well-known names unto themselves, Constance Macy, Robert Johansen and Michael Callahan, and created what he calls "theater of movement." The tale becomes a highly animated take on a man whose words woo the women he loves - when she thinks someone else is saying them. The trio creates their own sound effects and improvise such items as "air swords" (think air guitar) and barber chairs - this is a very physical performance. In addition, they draw on basic props - a hat, a sash, a ladder, etc. - to give the audience clues, without overemphasising the setting, which would detract from the actors. Macy, Johansen and Callahan out-do themselves, proving why they have earned their reputations for excellence onstage. Fast-paced and funny while retaining the story"s original poignancy, this is a remarkable show for fans of Cyrano de Bergerac and newcomers alike. A varied soundtrack (the show opens to Sting"s "Roxanne") compliments the action and fleshes out the feelings of the actors. Cyrano continues on the IRT"s upperstage through Oct. 19. ASL Interpretation and Audio Description will be offered on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $12-$29; call 635-5252 or go towww.indianarep.com