[THEATRE ~ SA]
Bakehouse Theatre, Wed 27 Oct, 2021.
As if cued by special effects on a movie set, the moment their Irish accents rang out it rained. Talk about setting the scene! Fortunately raucous laughter soon drowned out the din on the roof. And let’s talk about timing, the key to comedy. It’s pitch perfect, never missing a beat. While taking a delightful dig at our obsession with celebrity culture, this rollicking play is poignant and powerful on all levels.
Two actors, sixteen parts…the possible permutations for pairings? You do the math. The actors sometimes even surprise themselves at the new character now appearing opposite them. This requires swift, shape-shifting chameleons, and both actors deliver in spades, including nailing the female roles with smooth, sumptuous skill.
Hilarity is finely balanced by brutal honesty, as their stories interweave with consummate clarity and precision. Some lines sound like classics, and the uplifting tone permeating this play is surely the ideal antidote for anyone who may be feeling out of sorts in these challenging times.
The audience is so cleverly involved throughout, we readily respond when the director calls “Action!” Scenes are constantly conjured from nothing more than pure energetic dexterity, the blistering pace of character changes a brilliant tour de force by director/producer Joh Hartog.
This play within a play, or is that a story within a movie, left me wondering whether believing in a dream can be fatal, and what in the end is real, besides the fun found in the bond of true friendship.
Stones In His Pockets continues at Bakehouse Theatre, Main Theatre, from 10pm until Sat 6 Nov.
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Presented by Joh Hartog Productions