A Few Good Men
Reviewed by David Kashimba
Photo by Ron Severdia

Ross Valley Players have found more than a few good men and one woman to make up the cast of their current production. Written by Aaron Sorkin, who wrote the award winning television series The West Wing, A Few Good Men is a play about Marines often asked to be at the tip of the sword in armed conflict yet also asked to balance on the political edge of that sword in public scrutiny.

Director James Dunn served in the Marines during the Korean War and proved a real stickler for detail and authenticity, particularly in set and costume design. “The play is partly set in the U.S. Marine base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, long before its re-invention as a controversial de facto jail for captured combatants of recent Middle East conflicts,” Dunn said. “Therefore, there is a contemporary resonance in the setting and the theme of the pressure conflict imposes on standards of behavior and morality, military and civil. Similar moral dilemmas are faced: to what extent do the extraordinary circumstances of combat, mortal peril and the need for absolute military discipline create a unique context to which normal peacetime standards of behavior must be adapted or even compromised? What right have those who live their lives in safety and freedom, guaranteed by men and women who put their lives on the line every day, to judge the necessities of behavior with which their protectors must struggle?”

This powerful drama was adapted for the movies in 1992, but even if you saw that great film, you won’t want to miss this excellent stage production. There’s something about the immediacy of live theatre that brings you right into the courtroom where two young Marines, played by Wendell Wilson and Pierre Littee, are on trial for following orders that led to the death of one of their comrades.

For tickets or more information call (415) 456-9555 or visit www.rossvalleyplayers.com. In honor of the many sacrifices made by the United States military, all active duty and reserve personnel with a current military I.D. will be admitted free to January performances. Please call to make reservations.

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