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Chain of Command

A Few Good Men at the Alley delivers strong performances while showing the perils of unsupervised power.

In a country where respect for the armed forces looms large and there are almost 1,000 officers at the level of general in all branches combined, the influence of the military on our culture is unmistakable. The cautionary warning of our warrior/leader, President Dwight D. Eisenhower, against the rising power of the "military-industrial complex" goes unheeded. And even the military cuts mandated by the sequestration may be repealed by Congress. Sorkin's play may contain a hidden message: To what extent do we leave largely unsupervised the operations of a significant portion of our government when military allegiance may be to its own reputation, as in the tragic event dramatized here, rather than to the nation's interests? This play may turn out to be more important, and perhaps even more relevant and prophetic, than we can imagine today.

Actor Jeremy Webb (standing) portrays the defense attorney for two marines charged with murder, played by David Pegram and Max Carpenter (seated).  Also standing is actor Tristien Marcellous Winfree, who portrays a military policeman.
Jann Whaley
Actor Jeremy Webb (standing) portrays the defense attorney for two marines charged with murder, played by David Pegram and Max Carpenter (seated). Also standing is actor Tristien Marcellous Winfree, who portrays a military policeman.

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Alley Theatre

615 Texas Ave.
Houston, TX 77002

Category: Theaters

Region: Downtown/ Midtown

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A Few Good Men

Through March 24. The Alley Theatre, 615 Texas. For information or ticketing, call 713-220-5700 or go to www.alleytheatre.org.

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A compelling courtroom drama unfolds with humor and vividly drawn characters as a ragtag defense team ignites to challenge military authority in a suspenseful exploration of how military self-interest can suppress truth. The result is a breathtaking ride of theatrical splendor, cresting in an emotionally powerful denouement.

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