A Couple of Blaguards
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DATE Friday, March 18, 2016
TIME 8:00PM (Doors 7:00PM)
The Larcom Performing Arts Theatre
13 Wallis Street
Beverly, MA 01915 Directions & Parking

Celebrate Saint Patrick's Day with "A Couple of Blaguards" the Rollicking Irish Comedy by Pulitzer Prize winner Frank McCourt, author of New York Times Bestseller "Angela's Ashes", and Malachy McCourt, author of New York Times Bestseller "A Monk Swimming."

PODCAST: Dana Hersey interviews Malachy McCourt
- Time Out New York
If you don't have a good evening, you should have yourself checked to make sure you haven't died during the day.
- Malachy McCourt
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North Shore 104.9
Malachy McCourt (L) and Frank McCourt

A Couple of Blaguards

Veteran actors Howard Platt ("The Bob Newhart Show," "The Rock," "Nixon" ... many more) and Jarlath Conroy ("Law & Order," "NYPD Blue, "True Grit," to list but a very few) portray Malachy and Frank McCourt in this extraordinarily moving and "Wickedly Funny" tale of immigration, triumph and brotherly love.

MEMORABLE! The brothers McCourt bring their two best selling books to the stage... the show has a roguish appeal

- Peter Marks, The New York Times

An unholy amount of charm!

- The Washington Post

Mixes the sweetness and kick of an Irish coffee

- Newsday

WINNING! You don't have to be Irish to appreciate the wry sense of humor of the brothers McCourt. A GREAT DEAL OF FUN!

- New York Daily News

"A Couple of Blaguards" is a two-character comedy with incidental music, created by the brothers Frank McCourt and Malachy McCourt. These master raconteurs have laced their combined experiences growing up in Ireland, and their escape to America into a vaudeville of comedy, Irish songs and a gallery of relatives, rogues, fools and petty tyrants -- priestly and otherwise.

- Lynne Heffley, Los Angeles Times

"A Couple of Blaguards" with Howard Platt and Jarlath Conroy as the lads, is so funny and plays well in the mind's eye that it isn't until you're half-way out the door that you realize how tough and unsentimental it is. The boys have seen so much that there can be no more tears: All that's left to do really is laugh and keep moving.

- Lawrence Christon, Variety

Frank McCourt is arguably the literary phenomenon of the '90s winning a Pulitzer Prize for his book, "Angela's Ashes."

Like their best-selling books, Frank McCourt and Malachy McCourt's A Couple of Blaguards is an autobiographical account of their years growing up in poverty in Ireland. Though times were tough in Limerick, the tales spun by the brothers McCourt simmer with bittersweet recollections, ferocious humor and a parade of colorful characters from the priest who warns of sinners' eyeballs exploding in Hell to the McCourt grandmother who spits on Franks unruly Presbyterian hair to tame it.

According to Malachy McCourt, This show is the result of Frank and me listening to the stories of our elders which in turn tunes the ear, the eye and the tongue to observe and give voice to even the most trivial of events. I think we had more fun than anyone writing and performing Blaguards, which has become an affectionate term for the rowdy, outgoing, and sometimes drinking sort of boys. If you don't have a good evening, you should have yourself checked to make sure you haven't died during the day.

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