The Brownwood Lyric Theatre’s production of “A Few Good Men” opens this Friday, Feb. 16 and continues with eight performances through Feb. 25.
“A Few Good Men” tells the story of Navy lawyer Lt. Daniel Kaffee and his battle to save two Marines accused of murder. Depicted most famously in the 1992 film written by Aaron Sorkin and starring Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson and Demi Moore, the play version of “A Few Good Men” debuted on Broadway in 1989 and was also written by Sorkin.
The Lyric’s production stars Matthew McNiece as Kaffee, Val Nelson as Lt. Cmdr. Joanne Galloway and Ben Cox as Lt. Col. Nathan Jessup.
Lyric artistic director Dr. Nancy Jo Humfeld watched a dress rehearsal performance of “A Few Good Men” for the first time on Monday evening. “I’m just always amazed by the talent pool we have here in Brownwood,” Humfeld said. “We’re very blessed to have the talented folks that we have, and this show is no different. It’s going to be so strong, and I think folks will be very pleased by the quality of work going on there.”
Humfeld said she’s especially pleased by cast members new to the Brownwood stage — in some cases new to the stage, period — and those who are returning to the Lyric for the first time in awhile. “I love that we have some new faces up there that are inspiring to watch, and that’s very encouraging,” she said. “I think the drama is very intense and very well-played, and I think the audience will get a really good feel for this courtroom drama.”
Humfeld said the show would likely garner a “PG-13” rating as a movie. The script contains language that has been softened but not entirely removed from the Lyric production. “I certainly think that parents need to use caution in bringing children to the show,” she said. “There are no words in here that, I’m sure, the kiddos haven’t heard before, but as a parent I probably wouldn’t bring my little kids.
“It’s not something that we typically do at the Lyric,” she said, “but it’s a play that has such value because it does appeal to so many folks. That’s why I’m so excited about it, because I think it fills a need and reaches an audience that we haven’t really touched yet. I think it’s going to be exciting for our audience.”
The play opens on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. and has additional 7:30 performances on Feb. 17, 23 and 24. There will also be 2:30 p.m. matinee performances on Feb. 17, 18, 23 and 25.
Tickets to “A Few Good Men” are available online at www.brownwoodlyrictheatre.com and at 325-998-2801. “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.