It was the breakthrough moment for playwright Aaron Sorkin. His courtroom drama A Few Good Men ran for more than a year on Broadway when it debuted in 1989. A popular movie with Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson and Demi Moore followed. Now it's back on stage in a revised version by Sorkin, but the story's the same: Two Marines accused in the hazing death of a fellow soldier while stationed at Guantánamo Bay get assigned a rookie officer to defend them. Alley Theatre Artistic Director Gregory Boyd decided it was time to put it on in Houston, especially following the success of The Farnsworth Invention (another Sorkin product) at the Alley.
''Its provenance certainly lies in the tradition of courtroom drama and murder mysteries on the one hand — and it's a ripplingly good exemplar of that — but it is a play of characters and relationships as well — much more so than most 'thrillers.' And it has a bighearted love of theater and of language — most thrillers just don't give you that,'' Boyd says. The large cast, filled with Alley regulars and out-of-towners, includes David Pegram and Max Carpenter as the Marines charged with the murder; Jeremy Webb as Daniel Kaffee, the military lawyer who defends them; Emily Neves as JoAnne Galloway, the passionate military lawyer who helps Kaffee; and Lee Sellars as Lt. Col. Nathan Jessep, the accused men's commanding officer. Alley Theatre Resident Company members Jeffrey Bean, James Black, David Rainey, Jay Sullivan and Todd Waite also appear.
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