It must be satisfying for the real brothers McCourt to
see their fans packing the Triad Theatre on 72nd Street. Not
so much as a play as a celebration of two Irish boys through
a series of character sketches and monologues, "A Couple of
Blaguards" is about the most satisfying adult entertainment
in town at the moment.
Frank and Malachy McCourt came to America from their home in
Limerick, Ireland. Kelly, taking the storyteller role,
spends most of his time musing upon the simple life the boys
had in Ireland as Duffin swiftly impersonates most of the
odd characters who swirled around the boys young
lives. With 16 families living on a lane and sharing one
bathroom, the stories are often funny as well as sad. And
many of the tales served as the genesis for Franks
memoir, the wildly successful Pulitzer Prize-winning
"Angelas Ashes", and Malachys "A Monks
There is much to marvel at, Kelly recalls the time at camp
when the boys were admonished by a priest to take cold
showers and put aside those wanton lusts for girls. When
poor Malachy throws up in his grandmothers backyard
after communion she becomes a dizzy, Irish shrew played by
Duffin all aflutter saying, "A grandson has thrown up the
body and blood of Jesus Christ in the backyard.
And then theres the simple Irish standup, from old
standbys like "Whats an Irish divorce? The father
disappears," to "We come from a long line of dead people,"
and a favorite, "What did he die of? Nothing serious," both
men prove themselves to be excellent character actors having
a grand old time entertaining the audience. Its a
vaudeville act with an Irish brogue.
Upon their mothers passing, evening ends and as
McCourt (Duffin) and McCourt (Kelly) toast the audience, a
cheery, cheeky time has been had by all.
by Ricky Spears