A touching aspect of this play is that the two Marines trying to uphold the Marine code display such a proud sense of honor, but it could destroy their lives here as readily as in battle. Their guilt or innocence has much to do with orders given to them by their commanding officer, Lt. Jonathan James Kendrick (Kyle Blanchette), but they refuse to implicate him.

The performances here are uniformly superb, anchored by Wolfskehl's good-humored and understated firmness as the female attorney in this man's Navy; by White and Duckworth as her co-lawyers with complementary personalities, slick and sarcastic, respectively; and by Boghigian conveying shrewdness as their courtroom adversary.

But most impressive of all is Vince Petronio as Lt. Col. Nathan Jessup, the chillingly arrogant commander of Guantánamo. This is the fire-eyed role that provided Jack Nicholson one of his most memorable lines, in the 1992 movie adaptation. Petronio delivers that "You can't handle the truth!" with less fury but equal vehemence, making the character his own and giving that courtroom scene jarring gravity.

What a team. A Few Good Men is a moving experience.

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