Now through October, the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum is putting on a stage production of Alexandre Dumas’ classic “The Three Musketeers.” Before watching a production at this theater, take a good amount of time to walk the grounds and bask in the surrounding natural beauty as the feeling of serenity overcomes you. The grounds of the Theatricum are elegantly sprawled along the hillside of the canyon.

Ellen Geer, the daughter off Will and Herta Geer, directs “The Three Musketeers.” The play is enjoyable to watch because of the constant action, witty humor and excellent acting. You will be amazed at how much action can occur along the side of a mountain when you have excellent stage design and an all-star cast.

Jackson McCord Thompson draws you in as d’Artagnan and woos you as a forlorn young man in love with being in love. The true object of his affection is Constance Bonancieux, played by Willow Geer. Athos and Porthos are played by Jim LeFave and Kelly C. Henton, respectively, and perpetuate the camaraderie of being a musketeer in the king’s service. Athos and Porthos are teamed with Aramis, played by Melora Marshall, who does an outstanding job as the more reserved and formal musketeer and gives a believable effort, proving women can portray men onstage, not just vice versa.

The character I enjoyed the most was Milady, played by Abby Craden. Throughout the play Milady has her hands in everything pertaining to the musketeers. Craden does an excellent job depicting Milady as a conniving, complex and brilliant woman who is lusted over for her beauty and knows what she wants and how to get it. Milady knows her limits, but sadly oversteps them and becomes too enmeshed to recover. She’s the perfect person to root for if you want to embrace an evil streak.

All together, this cast does a superb job exemplifying the musketeer motto: “All for one, and one for all.”

Theatricum Botanicum is located at 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga. For more information, visit