Theater: The R.S.C.'s Rhapsody in Brown

CYRANO DE BERGERAC by Edmond Rostand

The actor finds a beguiling blend of character study and star quality. The director and designer devise different strategies that can serve a single stage. The company struts its chameleon craft, and the audience relishes a smorgasbord of theater history. Such are the pleasures of repertory, especially as executed by Britain's Royal Shakespeare Company. In its City home at the Barbican Theater in London, or on its country estate at Stratford-upon-Avon, the R.S.C. may perform as many as five plays a week. The company's tours of North America,...

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