VERSATILE Limerick-born actor Jon Kenny.
Jon Kenny (known by many as one half of the comedy duo D’Unbelievables) is touring with a new play, ‘Crowman’, and it is due to be performed in Claremorris Town Hall Theatre this Friday, November 22. The play, which is written by Katie Holly, received standing ovations every night during a run in Cork Midsummer festival at the Granary.
Set in a sparsely decorated kitchen, this intimate one-man show starring Jon Kenny feels like a window into the soul of a lonely bachelor, Dan. A crow-hating man who noisily tries to shoo the blighted birds away, Dan feels himself an outsider looking in on the community. He measures out his life by the amount of funerals he has to attend every week. They are social occasions with the added bonus of refreshments.
Dan, who vacillates between high comedy by mimicking TV celebrity chefs; and pathetic admissions, including attending Mass just to connect with another human by shaking hands, is a master at distraction, But one day, hearing a death announcement on the radio. His world is shattered, and he is forced to look back on his own troubled youth and face up to his demons.
The play is at times poignant and tragic but also has a warmth and humour as the Limerick-born actor slips seamlessly in and out of the many uproariously funny characters. The people he depicts are surreal and comic, but tinged with tragedy, and Kenny plays each with aplomb, moving comfortably through the full gamut of emotions.
Reviewing the play, Colette Sheridan of The Irish Examiner wrote: “Kenny is brilliant in the role, conveying the gamut of emotions. Katie Holly’s script is strong, conjuring up a life of quiet desperation.”
Doors, 7pm; Show, 8pm. For tickets (€22 each) visit the Claremorris Town Hall Theatre website, www.townhall.ie.