“The Three Musketeers” at Seattle Rep: until Nov 2nd

14 Oct

“The Three Musketeers,” the classic from Dumas is the newest adaptation on the stage of the Rep on Mercer St. While I always understand the difficulty in adapting classics to the stage– a whole new set of rules apply in playwrighting after all!– I cannot help but feel disappointed with the Rep’s (lack of) effort.

The escapism promised in such an adventure only served to remind me that I was in fact prisoner myself to the 2 hour run-time of the play: meaning, there was none. The actors were bobbling with enthusiasm, shouting their lines at every chance for punchy emphasis. Speaking of punches, there were none. The swordfighting promised (every 30 seconds of swordfighting on stage took laddy-dah so many hours to learn) was a disappointing clash of air swooshes.

I commend the stage engineers, however, for their innovative set. The two-level playground allowed the actors to run and jump around while making such noise. It really was fun to watch in that aspect (sometimes wondering if an actor was going to trip and fall down a flight of stairs…).

That said, I further endorse ‘The NightWatcher’ which I blogged about earlier. The reviews are much more promising.

In the case of the Musketeers, if you want swashbuckling adventure, read the book.

Bagley Wright Theatre
The Three Musketeers by Ken Ludwig
Directed by Kyle Donnelly
October 2 – November 15, 2008
Running Time: 2 hours, 15 minutes, with one intermission

If you dare, tickets here: https://www.seattlereptickets.org/Search/

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