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A Few Good Men, a courtroom drama, plays at Marathon Theatre through Feb. 8

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The captivating military courtroom drama A Few Good Men by Aaron Sorkin opened at Marathon Community Theatre Jan. 16 and plays weekends through Feb. 8.

The show tells the tale of military lawyers at a court-martial who uncover a high-level conspiracy. A rookie Navy lawyer, played by MCT’s Dale Coburn, is assigned to defend two Marines on trial for the murder of one of their platoon members. He expects an easy plea-bargain. But, prodded by a female member of his defense team, the lawyer makes a valiant effort to defend his clients. The play raises the questions of what it means to have honor, dignity and humanity in an increasingly complex world.

Sorkin is known for writing the movies Moneyball and The Social Network, as well as the TV show The West Wing. A Few Good Men is Sorkin's first play, which ran for nearly 500 performances on Broadway in 1989, became an Oscar-nominated film in 1992 starring Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson and Demi Moore, and was re-conceived for a 2005 London revival.

From a junior in high school to a former IRS employee to veteran actor who plays the lead role, the acting is impressive. In addition to Coburn, the ensemble cast includes Stacey Venzel as Lt Cmdr. JoAnne Galloway, Neil Anguilo as Lt. J.G. Sam Weinberg, Eric Rolfe as Lt. Jack Ross, John Schaefer as Lt. Col. Nathan R. Jessup, Bob Rowand as Capt. Matthew A. Markinson, Kevin Eick as Lt. Jonathan J. Kendrick, Abraham Vallejo as Lance Cpl. Harold W. Dawson, John Galjanic as Pfc. Louden Downey, Mike Wagner as Cmdr. Walter Stone, Marty Dillis as Cpl. Jeffrey O. Howard and Jerry Nussenblatt as Capt. Julius A. Randolph. Playing multiple roles are James Chaplin, Jeff Hutt and William Dylan Ferrell.

Prior to each performance and during intermission of A Few Good Men, theatre patrons can enjoy the art exhibit Island Images by local photographer Liz Montgomery in the MCT gallery. Montgomery is hosting an artist reception Jan.26 from noon to 5 p.m. at MCT.

Marathon Community Theatre’s production of A Few Good Men is sponsored in part by The Stuffed Pig, the Monroe County Tourist Development Council and the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture. The show is being presented by special arrangement with Samuel French Inc.

Remaining performances for MCT’s production of A Few Good Men are Jan. 23, 24, 25, 30, 31 and Feb. 1, 2, (matinee) 6, 7, 8. Curtain time is 8 p.m. Theatre doors open 30 minutes prior to curtain. There will be a matinee performance at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 2.

Tickets are $20. In addition to the theatre’s regular Thrifty Thursday and group discounts, MCT is offering a military discount with I.D. For tickets and more information, call 305-743-0994, or stop by the playhouse box office located at 5101 Overseas Highway, around the corner from the Plaza Grill in Marathon. Secure online ticketing is available at www.marathontheater.org.

Marathon Community Theatre is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to contributing to and enhancing the cultural life of the Middle Keys. Membership is open to anyone who wants to support the activities of MCT through volunteer involvement or by contributions. Tax-deductible contributions may be made to Marathon Community Theatre, POB 500124, Marathon, FL

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