March 13, 2013
What does an audience expect from an Irish play? Something traditional and sentimental like "The Shaughraun" or new and subversive like something from Conor McPherson? "Stones in His Pockets," a comedy by Marie Jones, opening Friday at Northlight Theatre, lands somewhere in the middle.
A village in County Kerry becomes the setting for all things Ireland when an American film crew arrives and disrupts the scenic small town. Two actors -- Brian Vaughn and David Ivers -- here portray a cast of 15 characters, from a seductive American actress to Brits to local lads Charlie Conlon and Jake Quinn, hired as extras for the movie shoot.
A picture of Ireland according to Hollywood threatens to take over -- with a village teenager as a cruel casualty -- until Jake and Charlie decide to assert themselves in a way that's distinctively Irish.
Through April 14 at Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie; $25-$72 at 847-673-6300 and northlight.org