Costume Critique Of Cyrano

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Costume Critique of Cyrano One of the plays that I will critique will be Cyrano. I had the chance to watch Cyrano on Sunday, April the 28th at the Roxy Theatre in Clarksville, Tn. The costumes were portrayed wonderfully except for Act One "The Theatre." In Act One "The Theatre" the costume were not of play material. The audience could easily tell this because most of the characters had on the pants to their costume, but did not have on their tops. Some characters did not even have that, for example Ragueneau's costume in Act One consisted of cut off army pants, a T-shirt, an empty can of Colt 45 for a wine glass. However for most of the characters, their pants looked French and their tops looked like ordinary, everday shirts.

However during "Tell Her" in Act One, the characters began to display all of the appropriate items in their costumes.

When their costumes were worn in their entirety, they were very eloborate. Also the audience could tell that the characters were from France by their costume and from the script in "Ragueneau's Pastry Shop." In Cyrano the main male characters' costumes consisted of a large hat with a large feather pertruding out of the top of it. The pants were striped and full of color. Their tops were longsleeve, white, and full of ruffles. Roxanne was the leading lady. She wore a nice, long, and elegant evening gown. Her costume was by far the best out of all the characters. The secondary characters' costume were exceptionally well and portrayed the characters just as they should have.

The costumes were not a total let down for the whole play, but only for the opening act. The opening act is very important because it sets the audiences interpretation and mood for the remainder of the play. The costumes related very well to the play when they were worn in their entirety. Therefore I, the viewer, feel like the costumes were a sucess in Cyrano.