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Not your grandma’s ‘Cyrano de Bergerac’? Well, we’ll see.  I think one characteristic of a great play is it’s ability to be turned inside out and upside down and still please a crowd.

To satisfy audiences generation after generation — whether the work is 300 years old staged in traditional  or modern costumes — and we all of see something new is fantastic.

Opening tonight at the Two River Theater Company (Red Bank, NJ) is “Cyrano “by Jason O’Connell and Brenda Withers, adapted from the play “Cyrano de Bergerac” by Edmond Rostand.

Directed by Meredith McDonough in a co-production with Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Jason O’Connell (Two River’s Noises Off and The Merry Wives of Windsor) leads a five-person cast as the larger-than-life Cyrano, the brilliant thinker, wordsmith and swordsman.

He’s a thorny romantic with an outsized reputation and a barely contained love for his childhood sweetheart, Roxane (Britney Simpson). Rounding out the company are Luis Quintero(Christian), Chris Thorn (Montfleury, Count De Guiche) and Nance Williamson (Le Bret, Duenna).


Performances Wednesdays through Sundays through Oct. 13, 21 Bridge Ave.   $40 to $70, with discounts available for groups, seniors, and U.S. military personnel, their families, and veterans. A limited number of $25 tickets available each  performance for partial view. For theatergoers age 29 and younger $25 seats include best available at every performance. Call 732.345.1400 or visit for more info.


Two River is offering Play Dates for each show in the season. Parents or guardians can enjoy a matinee at the theater, while children ages 6-11 play theater games, make crafts and explore themes inspired by the production with Two River teaching artists. The cost is $10 per child and the price of the show tickets. The Play Date for Cyrano is Saturday, Sept.  28 at 3pm.


Scheduled for Saturday, October 5 at 3pm and an audio-described performance is scheduled for Wednesday, October 9 at 1pm. The performance on Saturday, October 12 at 3pm will be open captioned and sign interpreted. Tickets are available at a discounted rate of $25 for patrons using these services. To reserve wheelchair-accessible seating or tickets to a performance listed above, patrons should call 732.345.1400 or e-mail


Working with Google, Two River has created a  of its facility, which lives on Google Maps and This virtual tour provides an additional level of support and benefit for patrons who use wheelchairs or require other assistance by allowing them to virtually come through the theater’s front doors and view the space in detail in advance of their visit.