Broadway Via Belfast

Marie Jones' Stones in His Pockets

What will likely be this season's best new comedy has had a dizzying ascent to Broadway: Marie Jones' Stones in His Pockets debuted at Belfast's Lyric Theatre, made waves at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, transferred to London for sold-out runs at the Tricycle Theatre, and has since become a stellar hit on the West End. The play (opening at the Golden Theater on April 1) is set in a County Kerry village invaded by an American movie crew; Conleth Hill and Seán Campion (above, left to right) each inhabit the tics and mannerisms of a half dozen characters, including the local blokes who work as extras, the hunchbacked director, the spoiled American ingénue, and the last surviving extra from John Ford's The Quiet Man.