Theater & Performing Arts

Stones in His Pockets

When: Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. and Sundays, 2 p.m. Continues through Nov. 8 2009

Few plays require as much stamina as Stones in His Pockets, a drama about two working-class blokes who are hired as extras when their town of County Kerry, Ireland, gets overrun by a Hollywood film crew. It's a two-hander, meaning that two actors have to split fifteen roles -- a feat that often requires them to change gender on a dime. Most of the time, they play Charlie Condon (Clive Worsley) and Jake Quinn (Kevin Karrick), two guys whose friendship deepens as a result of toiling on the set for 40 pounds a day and getting jilted by their glamorous American co-stars. But there's another, more interesting story here: Not only do Quinn and Condon become willing participants in their own exploitation; they're also working on a movie of their own. Despite its demanding script (which requires both actors to speak in Irish accents the whole time), Stones in His Pockets never drags. Worsley and Karrick are remarkably pliant and capable of shifting characters mid-scene -- even mid-dialogue. Worsley, in particular, has a body that can turn into just about anything. Through Nov. 8 at the Marion E. Geene Theatre (531 19th St., Oakland). $25-$30.

Rachel Swan

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