Written by Belfast-based playwright Marie Jones and first staged in 1996, Stones in His Pocketshas been produced in more than 30 countries—including a successful run on London’s West End—and has garnered numerous awards. Despite being more than 20 years old, Jones’s themes remain strikingly evergreen and relevant today.
As the person sitting next to me noted at intermission, the production is a veritable master class in acting. Keenan and Sticklin convincingly inhabit a myriad of roles in addition to Jack and Charlie. These include other townspeople, the film’s crew, childhood versions of themselves, etc., all the while seamlessly and often hilariously transitioning between accents, ages, and genders. Stones in His Pockets may be a two-hander, but there is a mighty array of fingers on each hand.