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Stones in His Pockets 

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Marie Jones's Tony-nominated comedy about filming a historical epic in a small town in County Kerry doesn't provide mind-bending insights into the colonizing effects of Hollywood culture. But it does provide a fabulous showcase for the two actors who play all the roles, primarily two beleaguered extras. By casting the remarkably adept duo of Will Clinger and John Hoogenakker, director Steve Scott brings out the best of Jones's acerbic wit and only occasionally edges toward the script's sentimental traps. This isn't a show of great depth, but its sometimes scathing critique of Americans' romanticized notions of rural Irish life offers plenty of pleasures, and Clinger and Hoogenakker perform with unfaltering gusto. Through 10/16: Thu 7:30 PM, Fri 8 PM, Sat 5 and 8:30 PM, Sun 3 and 7 PM. Sun 10/2, 3 PM only. Apple Tree Theatre, 595 Elm, Highland Park, 847-432-4335. $35-$45.

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