‘A Few Good Men’ at The Public; Howl at the Moon Features Big Drinks and Live Party Music (Thurs., 9/12/19)

Think he can handle the truth? Burke Moses plays Col. Jessup, the role made famous by Jack Nicholson in the movie version, in ‘A Few Good Men’ at The Public. (photo courtesy of the artist)

1) Pittsburgh Public Theater goes into a new season shifting gender gears. Last season, the company’s first under artistic director Marya Sea Kaminski, featured plays highlighting women as playwrights and/or lead characters. Now the company opens with a macho number: Aaron Sorkin’s A Few Good Men. Sorkin is best known as the creator of TV’s “The West Wing” and screenwriter for films including The Social Network, but his career was kick-started by this military courtroom drama of the 1980s. Fictionalized from true events, A Few Good Men crackles with tension and sharp exchanges. Two U.S. Marines are charged with inadvertently killing a fellow Marine in a hazing incident. Although it looks like an open-and-shut case, the court martial reveals more to the story. The 1992 movie became iconic for Jack Nicholson’s “You can’t handle the truth!” tirade. The Public’s cast includes a couple of good men who aren’t primarily actors—Rocky Bleier, and KDKA Radio news host Larry Richert—plus notables such as Ken Bolden, Monteze Freeland, and Cotter Smith. Alison Weisgall, in a key role, plays the lone female character. 8 p.m. Performances continue through October 13. At the O’Reilly Theater, 621 Penn Ave., Cultural District.  (MV)

'A Few Good Men' is onstage now at Pittsburgh Public Theater.

‘A Few Good Men’ is onstage now at Pittsburgh Public Theater. (photo: Michael Henninger)

2) Most nightclubs rely on DJs for music. Not Howl at the Moon, where an in-house band covers your favorite hits. And what hits they are, running the gamut of ‘80s pop to today’s hip hop to even some classic rock in between. Howl at the Moon began in 1990 just down the Ohio River in Cincinnati and has since spread to 18 locations and the Norwegian Cruise Line. Aside from the live music, the establishment is also known for its 86 oz mixed drink buckets. The venue is available to rent Sunday through Tuesday for different events, like bachelorette and birthday parties. Friday and Saturday, both table reservations and Jump the Line packages are available, allowing patrons to get a great view of the band. Howl 2-Go offers a dynamic and unique event experience with dueling piano entertainers brought to your next event. They offer several customizable dueling piano packages for Howl 2-Go. Regular hours are Wednesday through Friday, 5 p.m. – 2 a.m. Saturday, 6 p.m. – 2 a.m. 125 7th St., Downtown. (CM)