The Three Musketeers

It’s “all for one and one for all” in Seattle Repertory’s retelling. The sword-swinging threesome is up to their usual antics as they fight the unjust Cardinal Richelieu and defend the King and Queen of France. Country bumpkin/musketeer wannabe D’Artagnan and his feisty kid sister Sabine get caught in the whirlwind of swashbuckling adventure and fight alongside Athos, Porthos, and Aramis. I was pleasantly surprised to see how funny the show actually is. Directed in an over-the-top style that seems almost cartoon-ish at first, it felt as though I were watching a musical—only instead of show-stopping songs, there were show-stopping stage fights. Which makes sense, since adapter Ken Ludwig has written a slew of musicals for the Broadway and London stages. While it was nice to laugh and be entertained by such an energized cast of performers, the story fell short in some places, unable to deliver the heart it needs. Despite this, the audience cheered out loud for the heroes and viciously hissed the villains. DYLAN SLADKY 7:30 p.m. Tues.-Sun., 2 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Ends (prematurely) Nov. 9.

Tuesdays-Sundays, 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays, Sundays, 2 p.m. Starts: Oct. 2. Continues through Nov. 9, 2008

 
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