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Theatre Review: A Few Good Men

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, April 28, 2010

(Marines sounding off.)

The title says it all -- “A Few Good Men” is about the Marines, and military culture -- the importance of following orders, supporting your unit, and the commanding officer’s responsibilities as a leader. Above all, this story is about how to handle problems within the chain of command – which becomes the play’s central issue.

“If you’re a PFC, and you have a problem, who do you take that problem to?”
“Sir, your corporal, sir!”
“If you’re a corporal, and you have a problem, who do you take that problem to?”
“Sir, your sergeant, sir!”
“Private Santiago of Delta Squad has laid waste our priorities, and made wretched our code. Priorities!”
“Unit! God! Corps! Country!”

When Private Santiago turns up dead the next day, an investigation begins, and tense courtroom scenes dominate the play’s second half. This staging by LeGacy Productions isn’t as opulently designed as some recent shows by other Nevada County groups. And this community theater production doesn’t entirely hit its stride until the second half. But it finishes strong, with good acting from the more experienced cast members in the final scenes, which bodes well for future productions in the foothills.

"A Few Good Men" continues through May 23rd at the Nevada Theatre in Nevada City.
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