Scotch'n'Soda's latest show "A Few Good Men", directed by H&SS sophomore Chris Wheelahan and written by Aaron Sorkin, is smart, witty, and very deep – at times. The play starts out with a straightforward statement that two Marine officers were involved with a murder. Afterwards, the narrative of William Santiago (played by Jay Rockwell) runs parallel with the investigation and trial of his murder by the two Marines who would do anything in the name of the honor code.
As the story unfolds, the tension grows as Lieutenant Kaffee (played by MCS senior Josh Jelin), Lieutenant Weinberg (played by CIT junior Ankur Gupta), and Lieutenant Cmdr. Galloway (played by H&SS junior Shannon Deep) take the audience to explore the meanings of honor and morality – the two lines of the story that eventually intersect.
The acting was not exactly pristine or impeccable (we all shared the funny moment when Jelin's tie was stuck in his briefcase during the Friday show), but they pulled it off, and overall it was a great performance. The movements were crisp; the retorts were sharp and caustic. When Lieutenant Colonel Jessep (played by H&SS senior Alex DiClaudio) delivers the famous line, "You can't handle the truth," the audience is forced to rethink the values that the majority of us would hold true.
Scotch'n'Soda Theatre has been in the production phase for this play since November of last year. With around 20 rehearsals in place, the 14 cast, 35-40 crew members have been practicing since January in preparation for the 3 shows on Friday and Saturday, February 13 and 14. Now, if you've missed "A Few Good Men", there will be plenty more shows coming. Out of the few shows that I have been to, S'n'S has never failed to produce quality shows. It will certainly not fail you either.
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