Can you handle the truth?

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Saturday, November 10, 2018 12:53PM

Can you handle the truth? The Edge Ensemble Theatre Company will present Aaron Sorkin’s riveting courtroom drama “A Few Good Men” from Nov. 9 to 11 and Nov. 15 to 18.

Sorkin’s hit Broadway play – later the basis for an Academy Award-nominated film directed by Rob Reiner and starring Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson, Demi Moore, Kevin Bacon, and Kiefer Sutherland – follows the trial of two Marines connected to the mysterious death of a fellow Marine at Guantanamo Bay. The Navy lawyer assigned to their case is more interested in softball than exonerating his clients, but prodded by a female member of his defense team, he eventually makes a valiant effort to win the case. In doing so, he puts the Marine code of honor on trial.

The play is noted for its crackling dialogue, richly realized characters, and timeless questions at its center: What is truth? What is honor? What is the greater good, and what should be sacrificed in its pursuit? In an era of sharply divided discourse and social media memes taken as concrete truths, “A Few Good Men” explores what it means to carry out an obligation to duty, and the truths that are sometimes distorted or lost along the way.

The Edge Ensemble’s production, directed by Kim Dupuis, will be performed in an actual courtroom: Delegation Hall, the former Cheshire County Superior Court, located at 12 Court Street (entrance is on Winter Street, next to the new Superior Court building).

The cast of “A Few Good Men” includes Cody Hall as Lt. J.G. Daniel Kaffee, Damien Licata as Col. Nathan Jessep, Samantha DiPietro as Lt. Cmdr. Joanne Galloway, and Peter Eisenstadter, Scott Aronowitz, Mark DiPietro, James Duffy, Wolf Elkan, Tom Bernstock, Sherman Morrison, Ron Castle, David Fisch, Harral Hamilton, and Andrew Filiault.

Opening night of of “A Few Good Men” is Nov. 9 at 7:30 p.m. Other performances are Nov. 10 at 7:30 p.m.; Nov. 11 (Veterans Day) at 4:30 p.m.; Nov. 15-17, at 7:30 p.m.; and Nov. 18, at 4:30 p.m.

For information or reservations, email TheEdgeEnsemble@aol.com; call 352-5657; visit The Edge Ensemble’s Facebook page and send a message; or send a message through the Edge’s website, www.EdgeEnsemble.org.