Kanata Kourier-Standard, April 29, 2011

A Few Good Men take the stage at Kanata Theatre

Posted 28 April 2011 By Dayna Macdonald

Kanata Theatre is getting ready to close the curtain on its 42nd season.

In a year that has brought heartwarming comedies, a zany farce, some classically hilarious Shakespeare, and one magical musical to the stage, the final production of the season will be showing audiences at the Ron Maslin Playhouse a more dramatic tone.

On May 10, the stage will open for the intense courtroom drama, A Few Good Men.

A Few Good Men follows the trial of two Navy marines (played by Aaron Lajeunesse and Geoff Williams) being charged with the murder of a fellow soldier (Mark Bujaki) at Guantanamo Bay.

Assigned to their case is Lieutenant Daniel Kaffee (Conrad McCallum), a lawyer who appears to prefer a plea bargain to a courtroom. However, with a push from his intervening co-counsel, Lieutenant Joanne Galloway (Tania Carriere), Kaffee agrees to take the case to court and starts a determined quest to find the truth.

Written by Academy Award-winning Aaron Sorkin, the script goes on a captivating ride that explores the lengths some people go to in the name of honour and loyalty, while trying to determine where responsibility lies in a chain of command. The fast-paced dialogue keeps a firm grip on its audience from start to finish.

The play was originally produced in 1989, before being adapted into a feature

film starring Tom Cruise, Demi Moore, and Jack Nicholson. While fans of the film can certainly expect to see some similarities in Kanata Theatre's production, they should not look for a reenactment.

Director Shelagh Mills admitted to drawing on the film version - as well as other marine-based movies - for help with costume accuracy and military protocol, but that is as far as she wanted the comparison to go.

"I watched for what they wore, how they saluted... but when casting, I didn't necessarily want a Tom Cruise or a Demi Moore," Mills said.

The talented cast Mills has put together has a good mix of Kanata Theatre veterans and relative newcomers, all working hard to bring their own take on these characters to the stage. The more-than-twenty actors involved with the show are sure to provide an exciting and entertaining night at the theatre.

Due to some strong language, the play is not recommended for younger audiences.

A Few Good Men runs from May 10-14 and from May 17 -21. All shows start at 8 p.m. and tickets are $15 each. Student Rush Seats are available for $5 after 5 p.m. on the day of each performance, subject to availability of seats. A valid student pass must be presented at the box office to purchase tickets.

For information on booking your tickets, please call the box office at 613-831-4435, visit www.kanatatheatre. com, or drop by the theatre at 1 Ron Maslin Way, just off Terry Fox Drive in Kanata.

This article appeared in the 28 April 2011 issue
of the Kanata Kourier-Standard.