Major Ross (Richard Neale) interferes with convict Liz Morden (Kathryn O'Reilly)'s rehearsal process in Our Country's Good. Photo by Robert Workman.
Arthur Miller once remarked, "The job of an artist is to remind people what they've chosen to forget." This soundbyte aptly describes one side of a debate in Our Country's Good: are the arts uplifting or educational, or merely recreational? Can they convey moral values, or do they degrade? Is criminal law intended to punish, or to rehabilitate? Both sides (and some middle ground positions) are convincingly and passionately argued throughout the play, with compelling and erudite qualities no longer found in political argumentation. Lest you think this is a simple courtroom drama, there's also plenty of yelling, swearing, and sex.MORE »