A break from the Shakes

To mix it up this season, Shakespeare Dallas has thrown in Edmond Rostand’s Cyrano de Bergerac. It is a somewhat puzzling addition. Rostand wrote it about 300 years after Shakespeare; although written in verse (in French), the translation of this production removes most of the poetry.

The balcony scene (perhaps that’s the Shakespeare connection) is superbly wrought by the central actors, and despite its length there is a calming, civilized wave that befalls as you sit amid nature, eating cheese and pinot grigio out of a picnic basket while a play rages on before you.

It ain’t the Winspear. But neither is it a walk in the park.

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DEETS: In repertory with As You Like It. Samuell-Grand Park Amphitheater, 1500 Tenison Parkway. Through July 23. 8:15 p.m. Donations suggested on Wednesdays. Shakespeare Dallas.org.