May 29 to June 30, Theater J, 1529 16th St. NW,
Swordfights at Synetic
Paata Tsikurishvili has wanted to bring “The Three Musketeers” to Synetic Theater for years. “The adventure, the themes, the swordfights: Everything seems to be very much Synetic,” said Tsikurishvili. “I always wanted to do it. But to be honest, Dumas’s novel is huge, and it’s not easy to produce the stage version. It’s not easy to develop and adapt a play out of it.”
But after “pushing hard [to do] more wordless productions for a couple of years,” even going outside Shakespeare’s canon with “King Arthur” and “Jekyll and Hyde,” Tsikurishvili said, “You get tired of it.” He was ready to focus on some spoken storytelling.
“All I do is get as creative as I can,” he said. “I want to take it to a different level, be more innovative, take more risks.”
The two-act production taps into Synetic’s in-house talent: The swordfights were designed by Ben Cunis, a Synetic artistic associate. Resident composer Konstantine Lortkipanidze provided original music.
“The music is a production itself,” said Tsikurishvili. “We’re almost underscoring everything, like in a movie. . . . There are no synthesizers. It’s less surreal and abstract, unlike my previous productions, say ‘The Tempest’ or ‘Jekyll and Hyde.’ Here, it is a more classical approach.”
As for the action: “The swordfights are just a joy to watch. It’s still dangerous . . . but my actors are ready to take any risks.”
Thursday to June 19 at Synetic Theater,
1800 S. Bell St., Arlington, synetictheater.org, 703-824-8060.