The Classical Theater of Harlem presents a new take on Alexandre Dumas' chivalrous swashbucklers in a free, outdoor production. More…
It’s all for one and one for all as D'Artagnan and the Musketeers fight to protect the ones they love from the revolting exploits of Cardinal Richelieu. A story of double crossings, kidnappings, and carefully guarded secrets, complete with lavish fights and sweeping romance, 'The Three Musketeers' reminds us that through strength, courage, and unity, we can always defend what we believe in.
"Bush's adaptation seems to grasp that the true greatness of this timeless tale lies in its combination of lightheartedness and gravity...This newest production of 'The Three Musketeers' stays refreshingly true to Dumas' story without sacrificing dramatic integrity...The other cast members all give fine performances, but it's Hyman's furious strength and Van de Wiel's elegant wickedness that make this production truly delightful...A clever script, good actors, and a flamboyant staging." Full Review
"The battles bring the plight of the Musketeers to life, leaving the audience breathless...The use of modern language as well as the vernacular made the show even more accessible to the audience, heightening the enjoyment factor immensely...Taking a classic story such as this and making it feel relevant is no easy task, and everyone involved deserves credit for creating such engaging storytelling. With this well-rounded and talented cast, 'The Three Musketeers' should not be missed." Full Review
"The best modernization is D’Artagnan herself, played with charming moxie by Hyman...The dynamics twist in the best possible ways, adding entirely new angles to the story...There is beauty in every element of this production. Bennett’s direction is heightened by the carefully choreographed scenes of dancing, fighting, and plotting...Though a little rough around the edges, the production practically shimmers with a magic that permeates the park...A wild and thoroughly entertaining ride." Full Review
"Bennett’s staging squarely emphasizes the book’s more extroverted and humorous side: The biff-bang-pow production is to the novel as Adam West’s Batman was to the grim Dark Knight...A playful show that also drops a couple of raps and features a fancifully dramatic score...Because the show puts all its chips on comic action, it misses the book’s more adult sentiments...Still, Bennett’s production moves cartoon-fast and hits all the essential plot points." Full Review
"Although this family-friendly show has many strong elements—sumptuous costumes, lively fight sequences, an adventuresome cast—its attempt to fuse comedy with action-adventure doesn’t always fly. Catherine Bush’s streamlined script is sober and straightforward, but director Jenny Bennett has thrown in anachronistic jokes and gags, some of which work better than others...Still, it’s a worthy effort with many exhilarating moments, especially when Miriam Hyman is onstage." Full Review
See it if Whether you love or like Shakespean Theatre...you WILL LOVE THIS VERSION OF THE 3 MUSKETEERS. IT IS VERY OLD SCHOOL GREETING 2017!! GOOOO!
Don't see it if There is no reason NOT TO SEE THIS 3 MUSKETEERS AND YOU GET A MAGNIFICENT PLAY "FOR FREE"!! RUN ...DON'T WALK BEFORE YOU MISS A TREAT!!!!!!
See it if you enjoy African-American colloquialisms and cultural morays juxtaposed 'old world' theater.
Don't see it if you value traditions over innovations and are turned-off by the notion of alternative historic narratives.
See it if For a lively, choreographed take on Dumas and a refreshing outdoor performance. Enjoy the flowers in Marcus Garvey Park.Fun and entertaining
Don't see it if For a serious, edgier play, or if a gender-bending d'Artangan is off putting.
See it if you like enthusiastically and well acted adaptation of the Dumas story. This is a really well done show and very entertaining
Don't see it if you are offended by a different take on an old familiar story
See it if Weather permitting, you enjoy clever staging and an timeless tale in Riverside Park, an excellent venue for neighborhood theatre
Don't see it if Don't like sitting outdoors on stone steps and/or have difficulty hearing.
See it if You want a fun evening outdoors watching a charming production with enthusiastic actors and nice choreography, And it's free!
Don't see it if You are expecting perfection - this is like off Broadway plus it's out of doors and free
See it if Entertaining outdoor performance with a little of everything. Miriam Hyman and the 3 musketeers are brilliant in their roles.
Don't see it if If you do not like outdoor theater.
See it if for the spectacle - sets, costumes, dancing, sword fights. Some good acting. CT of H knows how to put on a show.
Don't see it if For the weak script. Somehow the playwright managed to make this classic action story dull. Poor dialogue, needed more humor.
See it if you bring kids to this accessible fare. Bright costumes, swell set, many updates (including rap). Ambitious try, but not truly successful.
Don't see it if you want a sophisticated piece. Tone varies, as do acting abilities. Fun comic-book story w/likable female D'Artagnan. Modern touches.
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