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."
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.
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.
About 25 miles from Boston, the fully restored, historic Larcom Performing Arts Theatre is conveniently situated in downtown Beverly, MA less than half a mile from the Beverly Depot rail station and 3 miles from Route 128 at 13 Wallis Street, with plenty of free parking (see map).
This gracious showplace -- featuring spectacular acoustics -- was built in 1912 (the same year as Fenway Park) by brothers Harris and Glover Ware (vaudeville musicians from Marblehead, MA) on the birth site of their favorite poet, Lucy Larcom.
The Larcom's grand opening advertised that its interior was lit completely by electricity.
During its 104 year history, The Larcom Theatre has presented stage, screen and musical entertainment. In 1984 the Larcom's elegant horseshoe balcony, hand-painted antique pressed tin ceilings and original silk wall coverings were restored to their original glory by Le Grand David magic company, who presented their award-winning magic show there until the company's founder, Cesareo Pelaez, died in 2012.
Beginning with gimmeLIVE's sold-out 2013 Mardi Gras benefit concert, Vickie and Peter Van Ness filled the Larcom Theatre with music for the first time since the days of Vaudeville.
In 2014, gimmeLIVE installed a new, state-of-the-art sound system featuring Meyer line arrays and subs, which is used for all concerts presented by gimmeLIVE at The Larcom.
Peter & Vickie Van Ness of gimmeLIVE continue to showcase national recording stars and award-winning Boston area talent at The Larcom, with new shows to be announced soon. Click here to join our mailing list and get special deals and prime seats before tickets go on sale to the general public.
There is plenty of free parking at the municipal parking lot on Bow Street, about 150 feet away and at the City Hall parking lot about half a block away. You do not have to feed the meters after 5pm or on Sundays.