Theatre Review: Capital Stage's "Stones In His Pockets"

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(Sacramento, CA)
Thursday, August 3, 2006

“Stones in His Pockets” is what they call “an actor’s piece.” The two performers leap from character to character in the blink of an eye, as they’re at it, nonstop, for two hours. It’s a test of versatility, to say nothing of stamina.

The setting is contemporary rural Ireland, where a Hollywood blockbuster is in production. The locals have been hired as extras -- one of them meets the famous female star. He tries to impress her by saying he writes poetry, and attempts to pass off a famous verse as his own.

(excerpt from play)

Each side’s scamming the other, and at first, it’s played for laughs. But midway through, the story takes a tragic turn, and becomes more dramatic.

This two-actor play is ideal for a small space like Capital Stage – you sit so close that you can hear performers Tim Orr and Jonathan Rhys Williams breathe. Both are impressive in their multiple roles, and pour a phenomenal amount of energy and craft into their performances.

"Stones In His Pockets" continues through August 27th at Capital Stage on board the Delta King in Old Sacramento.