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The Three Musketeers

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George Stiles, Paul Leigh, and Peter Raby's musical version of Alexandre Dumas's 1844 swashbuckler, directed by David H. Bell, boasts impressive vocals, gorgeous costumes, flashy duels, and emotionally precise acting. Broadway and Stratford Festival veterans Juan Chioran, Aaron Ramey, and Steven Jeffrey Ross play the title trio--members of the king's elite guard in 17th-century France--and Kevin Massey is D'Artagnan, the bumpkin who joins their ranks. But the show's virtues can't quite overcome the brutality, misogyny, and sheer stupidity underlying the famous "all for one/one for all" ethos. The problem is especially pronounced in act two, when the moral dimensions of war, murder, and suicide are brushed aside so the manly men can go back to doing their manly things. --Albert Williams a Through 2/18: Tue 7:30 PM, Wed 1 and 7:30 PM, Thu-Fri 7:30 PM, Sat 3 and 8 PM, Sun 3 PM, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Navy Pier, 800 E. Grand, 312-595-5600, $50-$67.

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