ST. LOUIS, MO (October 31, 2017) –West End Players Guild’s 107thseason continues with Marie Jones’s bittersweet Irish comedy Stones in His Pockets, November 10th-19th at the theatre in the Union Avenue Christian Church. Steve Callahan directs the show, which features performances by Jason Meyers (as Jake Quinn, and others) and Jared Sanz-Agero (as Charlie Conlon, and others).
The play offers a sharply satiric look at what happens when an American movie company sets up shop in a down-on-its-luck village in County Kerry, Ireland, to film a major motion picture. Enticed by the prospect of making more money as film extras every day than most can make in a week, everyone in the village wants in on the action. Most do get involved but some are left behind, and the village soon learns that there can be a steep price to pay for a few weeks of easy money and Hollywood excitement.
We see the story unfold through the eyes of Jake and Charlie, two 30-something lads who, like many of their generation, are still looking for something to make of their lives. We hear the tale told through the voices of a dozen others, ranging from the stuffy English film director to the slinky American starlet to the only surviving Irish extra from the filming of John Wayne’s The Quiet Man. Jake and Charlie play all of the other characters.
Stones in His Pockets made its London debut in 1999 with a four-month West End run that earned the Olivier Award for best comedy. A year later, the show crossed the Atlantic for its Broadway premiere. British theatre critic Charles Spencer of the Telegraph called the show “a delightful piece, offering a chance for two actors to display their virtuosity as they play 15 different characters. But though it is often richly funny, there are sudden glimpses of anger and emotional depth in Stones in His Pockets, too.” Jennifer Lee of the Irish Times called the show “a pitch-perfect two-hander that is entirely absorbing from start to finish.”
Stones in His Pockets will be performed seven times over two weekends at 8 p.m. Thursday (second week only), Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays. All performances are in the theatre at the Union Avenue Christian Church, 733 Union Boulevard in the Central West End. Free parking and the theatre entrance are at the rear of the church. Tickets to the show are on sale at www.WestEndPlayers.org/tickets. Also now on sale are tickets for the remaining two shows of the 2017-18 season, Lauren Gunderson’s Silent Sky (Feb. 9-18) and Hansol Jung’s Cardboard Piano (Apr. 6-15).