One for all

The Three Musketeers

The Three Musketeers, 1 and 4 p.m. Saturday, Sunday. $18-$27. The B Street Theatre at the B3 Stage, 2727 B St.; (916) 443-5300; Through June 2.

B Street Theatre

2711 B St.
Sacramento, CA 95814

(916) 443-5300

Rated 4.0

Everyone’s favorite rapier-wielding protectors of France get a fresh makeover in this adaptation of Alexandre Dumas’ classic The Three Musketeers.

Dana Friedman presents her adaptation for the first time on the B Street Theatre’s smaller Family Series stage. D’Artagnan (John Lamb) is a young swordsman who wants to become a famous musketeer and joins up with three established fighters to save France from the corrupt (and hilarious) Cardinal Richelieu (Rick Kleber).

The material, directed by Buck Busfield, is still fresh and puerile, something that aids to the storytelling. Athos (Greg Alexander) is still the reluctant leader; Aramis (Josiah Correll), the lazy man; and Porthos (Kleber), the consummate indulger. The actions of the book are made obvious onstage for kids, and adults have the chance to join in at some great grown-up jokes.

The set is a wonderfully colorful presentation, thanks to designer Samantha Reno, and makes the costumes and characters even brighter. Family Series shows generally get a set that breaks down for the evening’s “serious” theater production. For this show, however, the set stays in tact, so luxuries can be afforded; unhindered by any other productions performing in the space, this show gets the chance to stretch its legs, visually speaking.

The costumes also serve their purpose, but the highlight comes from Kleber’s changes from Porthos to Richelieu and back, something that will keep any kid laughing.

Another benefit to seeing Family Series shows at B Street is that it’s one of the few places in Sacramento audiences can see half-a-dozen equity actors romping around in a children’s play. This, in itself, is reason to bring the kids for an afternoon of theater with an important message about honor and patriotism.