Next month Brownwood’s Lyric Theatre will present Aaron Sorkin’s “A Few Good Men,” with eight performances from Friday, Feb. 16 through Feb. 25.
The play, best known for its film adaptation starring Tom Cruise, Demi Moore and Jack Nicholson, follows two Marines on trial for murder and the young lawyer, Lt. Daniel Kaffee, trying to save them. “A Few Good Men” stars Matthew McNeese as Kaffee, Val Nelson as Lt. Cmdr. Joanne Galloway and Ben Cox as Lt. Col. Nathan Jessup.
Longtime theater educator and Brownwood city councilman Larry Mathis is directing “A Few Good Men” at the Lyric. Mathis said the show is progressing quickly after a few weeks of rehearsal.
“We have a lot of people who will be performing for the first time at the Lyric,” Mathis said. “You’ve got a unique blend of new faces and familiar faces. Usually when you have that, it takes some time for them to bond and get to know each other. But with this group, they hit it off almost instantly. It seems like they have known each other for a long time.”
Mathis said the play is more intense than the average Lyric production. “Most of the shows that we’ve done at the Lyric, with some exceptions, are more comedic. Which has been great for us — our audiences absolutely love them. But like any theater, I think the older you get, the more you want to widen the things that you do. This is just one of those shows that’s extremely well-known … and a show that we feel like will bring in a lot of people.
“It’s a production that we’ve talked about for awhile,” he said. “I’m extremely grateful that the board has given us the ability to perform this kind of show.”
Lyric artistic director Eric Evans said he’s excited about “A Few Good Men,” but also “a little nervous.”
“It’s difficult for us to do dramatic work, because often times people don’t gravitate to that,” Evans said. “But I think [Mathis] came up with a great title, and a great show, and I’m very pleased. The board was very excited about it.”
Patron tickets and general admission tickets are now available for “A Few Good Men.” The show will open Friday, Feb. 16 with a 7:30 p.m. performance. There will be additional 7:30 performances on Feb. 17, 23 and 24, and there will be 2:30 p.m. matinee performances on Feb. 17, 18, 23 and 25. Tickets and more information are available at www.BrownwoodLyricTheatre.com.
“A Few Good Men” also features Jaden Cox, Scott Lindsey, Graham Dudley, Paul Underwood, Charles Musgrove, Daniel Ballejo, Landry Blackstock, Ben Sword, Shade Tidwell, Rick Phelps, Jeff Lewis, Suzi Harkey, Doug House, Taylor Crow, John Johnson, Jill Underwood, Keren Myers, Stephanie Lewis and Jen Evetts.