CALVIN BERGER: CONFUSION AND DECEPTION RULE (Clockwise from top left: Josh Baldwin, Kinsey Bosher, Ben Cole, Magda Roub, Caty Mae Loomis, Triumph Gardner).
04/14/2023 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM
CL Critic Kevin C. Madigan Recommends: Edmond Rostand’s play “Cyrano de Bergerac,” written in 1897, is turned into a contemporary story about four high school seniors with punters calling it “hilarious and heartwarming.” Calvin Berger, a dork with a big nose, is smitten by the beautiful Rosanna, who in turn is attracted to the good-looking newcomer Matt. Confusion and deception ensues. “It has some of the most beautiful music,” says Director Blaine Clotfelter. “Ever since I heard it, I’ve been excited to share it with our patrons. The writing is excellent, the actors are fantastic, and I just believe our audiences will fall in love with it.” The cast features Atlanta actors Josh Baldwin, Kinsey Bosher, Magda Roub, and Ben Cole, with Caty Mae Loomis and Triumph Gardner in secondary roles. Composer and playwright Barry Wyner tells the Boston Globe his inspiration came from “Roxanne,” Steve Martin’s cinematic take on Rostand’s original tale. “I find the emotions beautiful and real. What I relate to most in the story is his insecurity about his physical features. The place where that insecurity is most heightened is in high school. That was the impetus there.” - KCM
From the venue:At a contemporary high school, Calvin Berger is smitten by the beautiful Rosanna, but he feels insecure because of the size of his nose. Rosanna, in turn, is attracted to the good-looking newcomer, Matt, who is painfully shy and inarticulate around her, although the attraction is mutual. Hoping to get closer to Rosanna through his eloquent love notes, Calvin offers to be Matt’s “speech writer,” all the while ignoring the signals of attraction from another girl, his best friend, Bret. When the deception unravels, everybody’s friendship is seriously jeopardized, but Calvin eventually realizes that his preoccupation with his appearance had led him astray, and his eyes are opened to Bret, who’d been there all along.