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A Few Good Men 

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Torture by the military? A cover-up by officers desperate to blame underlings? Soldiers' religious fervor threatening discipline and decency? Aaron Sorkin must have written this crackerjack 1987 courtroom drama using a crystal ball. But his tribunal eventually delivers the rare pleasure of watching corrupt higher-ups face the music. Michael Menendian's staging crackles in all the right places: his live fireworks trump the 1992 movie. As the seemingly mismatched pursuers of truth--two lawyers defending the accused marines--Jose Antonio Garcia and Melissa Nedell artfully play down our expectations. But eventually they triumph over Chuck Spencer's Colonel Jessup, dogged persecutor of a mistreated soldier who dared to complain to a U.S. senator. Now if only life would imitate art. Through 12/18: Thu-Sat 8 PM, Sun 3 PM. Raven Theatre, 6157 N. Clark, 773-338-2177. $20-$25.

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