Cambridge, Mass. â Tickets are on sale now for George V. Higginsâ The Friends of Eddie Coyle, Stickball Productionsâ world premiere stage adaptation of the quintessential Boston crime novel. The production runs Dec. 8âJan. 15 at Oberon in Harvard Square, for tickets, visit www.thefriendsofeddiecoyle.com
It is the winter of â69 in Boston and Eddie Coyle is a bottom of the barrel hood attempting to stay alive and out of jail among his âfriendsâ â cops, bartenders, radical hippies, bank robbers, hit men and informants. Weeks away from a prison sentence for trucking stolen booze, Eddieâs making a few bucks supplying the guns for a rash of brazen bank heists, while looking to tip someone in for a kind word to the judge.
George V. Higginsâ classic novel has been called the âbest crime novel ever writtenâ by Elmore Leonard, and literary scholars have compared his unforgiving and realistic depiction of Bostonâs underworld with the works of Dickens, Dostoevsky, and Balzac. Through dialogue quintessentially Bostonian, and the most poignant homage to Bobby Orr and the â69-â70 Boston Bruins in literature, The Friends of Eddie Coyle has set the bar for Boston crime stories for nearly 40 years.