Sunday, 18 May 2014
Theatre review: A Handful of Stars
With his family's reputation meaning nobody will consider him for a job, Jimmy's frustrations come to a head when his girlfriend Linda (Maureen O’Connell) breaks up with him just as his friend's about to get trapped by a shotgun wedding. His petty law-breaking and acts of rebellion all come together in one big self-destructive night.
Not a huge amount actually happens in A Handful of Stars, especially not on stage, but it still feels packed with incident. The production may be being marketed on the back of Keet-from-Boyzone, but it's very much Jimmy's story, and Owens, who's becoming ever more watchable, takes him plausibly through the play's development as quiet frustration turns into unrestrained anger.
Signe Beckmann's set has a suitably down-at-heel, claustrophobic feel, and Paul Robinson's production is tight with strong performances from the supporting cast. But Owens is the reason to see this, and after a number of good supporting turns of his own, he here sets out his stall convincingly as a leading man.
A Handful of Stars by Billy Roche is booking until the 24th of May at Theatre 503.
Running time: 1 hour 50 minutes including interval.