Hollywood, County Kerry

Bronson Pinchot

Bronson Pinchot (photo) and Tim Ruddy play 15 different characters, including the spoiled American starlet, in Marie Jones’ “Stones in His Pockets.”

It’s a familiar film plot: Hollywood movie crew invades bucolic small town and turns the world upside down. This time, though, the small town is in County Kerry, Ireland, and the sendup of the American star-making machine takes place on the live stage, not the soundstage.

Marie Jones’ play “Stones in His Pockets” has won raves on both sides of the Atlantic and two of London’s top theater awards, the Olivier Award and the Evening Standard Award, both for best comedy. For Thanksgiving, Penn Presents brings the play to Philadelphia for the first time, with Bronson Pinchot and Tim Ruddy playing both the film crew and the locals caught up in the frenzy.

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- “STONES IN HIS POCKETS”: Thursday, Nov. 21 through Sunday, Dec. 1 in Zellerbach Theatre, Annenberg Center, 3680 Walnut St.; see day-by-day listings for performance times. Tickets for evening performances $50, $44 and $38, matinee tickets $44, $38 and $32; discounts for students, seniors and Penn affiliates available. Tickets/info: www.pennpresents.org or 215-898-3900.

Originally published on November 14, 2002