Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “Angela’s Ashes” and bestseller, “Tis,” Frank McCourt, and his brother Malachy, also a successful author, joined talents to write 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 in , “A Couple of Blaguards,” 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 Frank’s unruly Presbyterian hair to tame it.
According to Malachy, “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.”
The role of Malachy will be played by Howard Platt, a show business veteran of more than 37 years. As an actor he has appeared in at least 100 plays assuming the roles of everyone from Abraham Lincoln to Santa Claus to Frank McCourt and brother, Malachy. He has made numerous comedic and dramatic appearances on television and in many movie roles as well as directing a dozen shows.
Frank McCourt will be played by Jarlath Conroy. He has appeared in many Broadway shows, Off-Broadway and regional theater as well as performing at the Royal Court in London and has many television and film credits.
“A Couple of Blaguards”will perform at the Harris Center, 10 College Parkway in Folsom, on Thursday, April 24 at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, April 25 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, April 26, at 2 and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 27 at 2 and 7 p.m.
Tickets are priced at $35 to $39. Tickets are available online at harriscenter.net or from the Harris Center ticket office at 916-608-6888 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and two hours before show time. Parking is included in the price of the ticket.