'Cyrano' ★★★

At the top of "Cyrano," Matt Hawkins' fun, freewheeling and often moving House Theatre of Chicago deconstruction of Edmond Rostand's "Cyrano de Bergerac," the man himself enters, smiles and sits down at a piano."Good evening," you half expect him to say. "My nose and I will be here all week." Actually, he sings of panache. Making full use of the vital freedoms of the public domain, Hawkins has created a modestly scaled but consistently intriguing show with two sharp focuses. One is the intensely acted love triangle at the core of the play. The other is the famous, flashy swordplay which suffuses the script. -CHRIS JONES Through Oct. 16 in the Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division St.; $25 at thehousetheatre.com
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