||Los Angeles Times
June 15, 2000
Globalstage Productions still occupies a unique niche in the home video market, offering a quality series of taped national and international performances of live theatre productions for children and family audiences...[The Three Musketeers is a] fully staged, remarkably action packed production... Dana Young is believably passionate as the youthful, fearless d'Artagnan, and Dierdra Atkinson is convincingly dangerous as Cardinal Richelieu's beautiful, cold-blooded conspirator, Lady DeWinter. Stage veteran Tobias Andersen brings notable depth to his role as the Cardinal... As always, the video is hosted by earnest young Preston Blakely, now 13, and [Professor] Elizabeth McNamer ...[who] dispenses voluminous information about the play's author, content, stagecraft and historical context.
Publishers Weekly: Starred for Excellence
Dumas's colorful, swashbuckling classic finds fresh life in this theater production staged by the Northwest Children's Theatre in Portland, Ore. ... humor, intrigue and romance abound as d'Artagnan and the three "inseparables" -- Athos, Porthos, and Aramis -- take on a dangerous mission to save the reputation (and life) of the queen of France. A talented cast of 23 players, costumed in fine frocks of the era, works against a minimalist set, clearly relishing the language of chivalry and honor... sound effects, lighting and sword fighting help keep the drama at peak intensity throughout.... Ages 9-up.
Alexandre Dumas' swashbuckling adventure is brought to life in this fine stage adaptation performed by the Northwest Childen's Theatre Company in Portland, Oregon...good camera work and high quality sound allow viewers to feel a part of the action as they follow young d'Artagnan's adventures....this well acted, faithful adaptation of the classic novel is an excellent way to introduce the magic of theater to family audiences. Another title in this popular series is The Island of Dr. Moreau.
July 8, 2000
It's one for all and all for one in the latest Globalstage presentation...The action follows the arrival of wet-behind-the-ears d'Artagnan in the big city Paris...The cast is uniformly winning, the choreography very impressive ...and the writing sharp. An accompanying guide offers helpful background on the issues of 17th century church/state politics and swordplay.
Dallas Morning News
May 26, 2000
Unlike the slew of movies made from the Alexandre Dumas classic, this version, presented by Globalstage Theatre Adventures, is a video of an often thrilling stage adaptation by the Northwest Children's Theatre in Portland, Ore. And it offers a young actor who kids can relate to: the appealing Dana Young, as the idealistic, honor-driven d'Artagnan, who dreams of becoming the fourth Musketeer... [Provides] a quality of language that many commercial films lack. In addition, the simplicity of the physical presentation suggests that this is a show viewers could put on, too.
Scripps Howard Wire Service/ Rocky Mountain News
May 5, 2000
Globalstage's The Three Musketeers intrigued my daughter and her dad... At the heart of [the story] lies adventure, heroics and good besting evil... To create a sense of place for a particular scene, the video camera uses close-ups of one part of the stage set, narrowing the action to a small area. Lighting and costumes - and of course stage fighting - help to keep the eye engaged. But it's the ear that receives the best performance here. The play's language is clever and amusing - especially among the Musketeers. Battles are won as much by wits and witty repartees as they are by teamwork and physical endurance. ...For parents and kids who crave a little more meat in their TV viewing, this is a fine production to chew on.
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Dad's Magazine, Wilamette Week. www.globalstage.net