SUBMIT ABOUT FAQ
PEOPLE COMPANIES VENUES
LOGIN NEW USER PRODUCTIONS
REVIEWERS SIX DEGREES
A User-Driven Site for Theater in Atlanta, Georgia
Stones in His Pockets
a Comedy/Drama
CATEGORY : COMEDY DRAMA
by Marie Jones

COMPANY : Aris [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Georgia Public Broadcasting (Studio B) [WEBSITE]
ID# 4891

SHOWING : May 05, 2016 - May 22, 2016

[REVIEW THIS PRODUCTION]

PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

Jake and Charlie are extras on a big Hollywood movie come to Kerry Ireland. Two actors play all the characters making the movie and even Sean who ultimately turns to tragedy.

Jake, Charlie, and all the people making the movie must deal with the tragedy and find a way to accept where they are in life.


CAST & CREW LIST
Director Kyle Crew
Sound Designer Robert Drake
Set Designer Harley Gould
Video Engineer Jim Walsh
Cast R.J. Allen
Cast Matthew Welch
Click to Submit Cast & Crew Info for this production
REVIEWS

[REVIEW THIS PRODUCTION]

Rockin’ the Pockets
by playgoer
Sunday, May 22, 2016
4.0
"Stones in His Pockets" involves the filming of a movie in Ireland, with a concentration on a couple of extras on the set. The title refers to a suicide by drowning of a local druggie who is denied a role as an extra. The second act concentrates on the repercussions of this suicide, while still retaining some of the comedy of the first act.

Two actors portray the two extras, along with the other eleven movie people and townspeople with whom they interact. Most of the joy of Arís’ production comes from the rapid transformation of the actors from one character to another. RJ Allen is a marvel at this, using his posture, facial expressions, vocal quality, and accent to make each individual an indelible archetype. His is truly a tour-de-force performance.

Unfortunately, "Stones in His Pockets" calls for two tour-de-force performances. Matthew Welch is fine in switching from accent to accent for his characters, but he doesn’t capture each as a totally unique entity. His vocal range doesn’t match Mr. Allen’s; neither does his physical flexibility. His least successful character is American film star Caroline Giovanni, who is identified primarily by accent and a variety of scarves; his others show more range. He does play significantly more characters than Mr. Allen, though, so his job in delineating characters was more difficult.

The set, by Harley Gould, is not too impressive, consisting of a series of stacked, skewed platforms edged unevenly in canvas, with canvas draped in the back upon which photographs are projected (mostly of Irish landscapes). Lighting, also by Mr. Gould, does a fine job of focusing the action. Music, in Robert Drake’s sound design, doesn’t mesh terribly well with the projections. Anna Jenny’s costume design works well enough, but has to rely on hats and scarves to distinguish characters.

Director Kyle Crew has ensured that funny moments pop with comic impact, adjusting to a more serious mood when appropriate. But throughout there’s a sense of energy and momentum. The directorial touches add a lot to the presentation. If only Mr. Crew had been able to mold Caroline Giovanni into a more compelling character, this show would have been remarkable, instead of just very good. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]


[REVIEW THIS PRODUCTION]

CLOSING SOON
Eclipsed
by Danai Gurira
Synchronicity Performance Group
Incorruptible
by Michael Hollinger
Onstage Atlanta, Inc.
Summer Harvest - The Corporate Collection
by various
Onion Man Productions
The Miracle Worker
by William Gibson
Gypsy Theatre Company
NOW PLAYING
Eclipsed
by Danai Gurira
Synchronicity Performance Group
Incorruptible
by Michael Hollinger
Onstage Atlanta, Inc.
Murder and Stranger Things
by John Babcock
Agathas: A Taste of Mystery
Summer Harvest - The Corporate Collection
by various
Onion Man Productions
The Miracle Worker
by William Gibson
Gypsy Theatre Company

©2012 TheaterReview.com. All rights reserved.