|Brad McEntire in Cyrano A-Go-Go|
By Elaine Liner | Tue., Mar. 10 2015 | DallasObserver.com
Unrequited love, that hard right to the heart, that sharp cut to the gut, has inspired two good new solo shows by local actor-writers Van Quattro and Brad McEntire. Quattro's Standing 8 Count and McEntire's Cyrano A-Go-Go were audience faves on the opening weekend of the 14th annual Out of the Loop theater festival at Addison's WaterTower Theatre.
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Cyrano A-Go-Go also uses lost love as a theme, weaving in the history of Edmund Rostand's timeless play about the big-nosed romantic who is so insecure around women. Cyrano speaks his passionate thoughts through a handsome (but dumb) surrogate. McEntire unmasks his own hard lessons as a young performer, romantically and professionally. "Unrequited love was, by default, my love of choice," he says at the top of the one-hour show, presented in casual lecture format.
McEntire acts some of the loveliest bits of Rostand's original Cyrano, occasionally digressing to discuss other topics. He refers to the "optimal experience" and the "flow" of true happiness, which McEntire says he felt as a high school kid in Carrollton, plucking Cyrano de Bergerac off a library shelf and reading it twice in one afternoon.
"It takes a big-hearted character actor to play Cyrano," McEntire says in his play. And a man who's felt some heartbreak, too. (This one produced by Audacity Theatre Lab goes on again at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 13; and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, March 15, in the Stone Cottage at WaterTower.)
Out of the Loop Festival continues through March 15 at WaterTower Theatre, 15650 Addison Rd., Addison. Tickets, $10 per show, 972-450-6232.