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A Few Good Men (Gallery Players)

Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Entertaining, Great writing, Intelligent
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Members
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The Gallery Players revives Aaron Sorkin's courtroom drama about the trial of two Marines for complicity in the death of a fellow soldier at Guantanamo Bay.

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Their lawyer, a callow young man more interested in softball games than the case, expects a plea bargain and a cover up of what really happened. Prodded by a female member of his defense team, he eventually makes a valiant effort to defend his clients and, in so doing, puts the military mentality and the Marine code of honor on trial. Sorkin's play was the basis for the 1992 Oscar-nominated film of the same name.

 


Reviews (28)

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80
Applause! Applause!

“The story relayed in this play is loosely based on real-life events that took place at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in July 1986. This is an outstanding production with extremely talented actors in all of the roles. There isn't a weak link in the chain of command. This play brings back to life all the excitement and intensity present in the original Broadway production and the movie. If you don't go, Col. Jessep may ‘rip the eyes out of your head and piss into your dead skull.’" Full Review

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79
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Slow

See it if you are a fan of Aaron Sorkin and court room dramas with strong acting

Don't see it if you don't have the patience for this talky, long production, and aren't a fan of legal dramas

88
Funny, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if You loved the movie and want to see a stage show that closely follows it.

Don't see it if You must see top notch acting. I liked the show, but the acting was uneven.

85
Ambitious, Great acting, Great writing, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if you like Aaron Sorkin, the movie A Few Good Men, plays dealing with the military or lawyers, & if you live in Brooklyn.

Don't see it if you don't like Aaron Sorkin, the movie, military or legal dramas, or intimate venues. It's pretty long & not light or fluffy

74
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Entertaining, Good acting & staging

See it if Aaron Sorkin's gripping courtroom drama still holds up proving authoritarianism never goes out of style. Energetic acting and staging

Don't see it if Some of the plot gets lost at times due to rushed dialogue but leading men are dynamic & suprising use of Gallery playing space compensate

75
Good, Unoriginal

See it if You're a fan of the movie and are interested in seeing its basis with a slightly different style of directing

Don't see it if You want an original take or a modern adaptation that relates the injustices in our legal system to current events, such as the BLM movement

61
Ambitious, Disappointing, Slow, Dated

See it if You would enjoy seeing a live stage version of the movie.

Don't see it if Courtroom dramas aren't your thing. You would prefer a modern and nuanced interpretation that is less dependent on the film script.

Also There were several strong individual performances. However, the emphas... Read more Read less

89
Clever, Great acting, Must see, Great writing, Great staging

See it if You like the movie. Want to compare.

Don't see it if You are not into military court stories

85
Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Great writing

See it if you enjoyed the movie; you love the great writing of Sorkin; excellent casting and staging

Don't see it if you didn't enjoy the movie; you want something new

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Must see, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if You want to thoroughly entertained. You want to see a fantastic cast. You want to see superb acting and writing. You want to be blown away.

Don't see it if You want light and fluffy. You don't want to become immersed in a military trial that stinks of cover up. You want to miss a great play.

Also I was so blown away by this performance. I was so impressed with the c... Read more Read less

75
Absorbing, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if An enjoyable rendition of a military courtroom drama. Well written and enthusiastically performed.

Don't see it if Acting was of mixed quality, some roles better than others. I liked the story and characters but wasn't especially moved.

72
Absorbing, Relevant, Entertaining, Well staged, Well written drama

See it if you never saw the movie, or if you enjoyed the movie and remember it favorably. "Jessup" out-Nicholson's Jack Nicholson.

Don't see it if you refuse to believe Brooklyn can produce good drama.

88
Absorbing, Intelligent, Masterful, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if you want a solid, well-written, vividly acted, imaginatively staged, entertaining courtroom drama.

Don't see it if you're expecting an innovative military, courtroom drama or have no patience for a lot of poetic writing (remember when that was the norm?)

90
Great acting, Riveting, Great staging

See it if you want to see an exciting, compelling piece of theatre performed by an outstanding off-off Broadway theater company. As good as Bwy.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy courtroom military court marshal/murder dramas or you must compare it to the movie version.

95
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Resonant, Great writing

See it if you enjoy great acting by a 19 member cast in a well written show, We did enjoy the original (Stephen Lang) ,

Don't see it if You only enjoy song and dance shows Make time for this perfromance.

Also This production in an intimate theater with great directing is also su... Read more Read less

85
Good acting,easy to relate,

See it if You enjoy young actors with talent. Enjoying being 15 again!

Don't see it if High school memories make you sad.

85
Absorbing, Riveting, Great writing, Entertaining, Classic

See it if You enjoy Aaron Sorkin's work. It's a great courtroom drama performed by talented and dedicated actors.

Don't see it if You're looking for a large performance. It's a small stage with minimal props and effects, but neither are necessary for the play.

80
Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if you enjoy the movie and like to see a stage version, well done and well acted.

Don't see it if you are not into military dramas, or are tired of very realistic staging.

88
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You're a fan of Sorkin. See it to see the fabulous performances across the board.

Don't see it if Shows about the military are a personal trigger. Other than that, I see no reason not to see this great production.

97
Absorbing, Ambitious, Intense, Thought-provoking, Great staging

See it if You're familiar with the film; this surpasses that. Go, ASAP; it's that good. Imaginatively staged.

Don't see it if ...see above ;)

89
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Great writing

See it if you enjoy well acted, well written dramas. Best thing I've ever seen at the Gallery Players. And nicely staged with a modest set.

Don't see it if you're afraid that having seen the movie will spoil it (it won't).

Also Speaking of the movie, it was interesting to see two of the leads chan... Read more Read less

87
Great acting, Intense

See it if Courtroom dramas Great acting Strong performances all around

Don't see it if My only criticism was the use of the videotape projector. During the courtroom scenes. It just did not work for me

84
Absorbing, Edgy, Epic, Great acting, Great staging

See it if Mystery

Don't see it if Gripping drama

83
Absorbing, Intelligent, Intense, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if You want to view it from a different perspective. Story is the same, but it delves a little deeper then past versions.

Don't see it if You don't want a show that makes you think and question preconceived notions.

88
Absorbing, Edgy, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Must see

See it if you enjoy intense shows and drama.

Don't see it if you are made uncomfortable by yelling and conversations about race.

90
Edgy, Great acting, Intelligent, Intense, Entertaining

See it if You like people with strong opinions

Don't see it if You don't like armed forces movies