Opened 6 Sep 2005
Written: by Aaron Sorkin
Directed: David Esbjornson
Producer: Bill Kenwright
Cast: Rob Lowe (Lt Daniel Kaffee), John Barrowman (Lt Jack Ross), Suranne Jones (Lt Cdr Joanne Galloway); Jack Ellis (Col Nathan R Jessep)
Synopsis: Neo military lawyer Kaffee defends Marines accused of murder; they contend they were acting under orders
What the popular press had to say:
CHARLES SPENCER for THE DAILY TELEGRAPH says, "Thought provoking as well as hugely entertaining...A slick, fast-moving production...Rob Lowe...is excellent." NICHOLAS DE JONGH for THE EVENING STANDARD says, "A Few Good Men is just too patriotic to be good. It makes it seem that there is nothing much wrong in the American military that luck and a real star lawyer cannot put right." BENEDICT NIGHTINGALE for THE TIMES says, "David Esbjornson’s production proves gripping enough...Yet maybe the piece could generate more tension as it builds towards its court-martial climax." MICHAEL BILLLINGTON for THE GUARDIAN says, "You come out having seen a well-plotted thriller that works on its own terms. I just wish that Sorkin, having exposed the dangers of the hermetic ethos of the American marines, had not finally given them a patriotic, get-out clause."RODERIC DUNNETT for THE INDEPENDENT says, "Sorkin's is a brilliant, intelligent, cutting, shivering and even nasty script... Lowe is a terrific stage actor. His timing is canny..." ALASTAIR MACAULAY for THE FINANCIAL TIMES says, "It's ill-timed and ill-directed. Its tale of bullying and murder among Navy personnel at Guantanamo Bay now makes me feel almost sorry for the US military: aren't things bad enough for it already?" PETER HEPPLE for THE STAGE says, "As a courtroom drama, A Few Good Men does not disappoint."