A Couple of Blaguards

A Couple of Blaguards
SEP 21 – OCT 14, 2012
Frank McCourt and Malachy McCourt
Colin Smith

A Couple of Blaguards, a two-man show by literary greats Frank and Malachy McCourt (Angela’s Ashes, A Monk Swimming), is a bubbling stew of their well-known humor with a dash of poignancy to sharpen the flavor.  Flavored with incidental music from the great Irish tradition, Blaguards follows the trials of the young McCourts in poverty-stricken Limerick, Ireland, through their journey to the U.S. and Brooklyn, New York – where the young men learn to apply the day-to-day lessons from their hardscrabble Irish past. A story of immigration, triumph over hardship, and the love among family, A Couple of Blaguards is a theatrical event that will find a place in the heart of every audience member.


The Washington Post Review

“A few minutes into Keegan Theatre’s revival of “A Couple of Blaguards” it will occur to you, if you didn’t already know, that Frank and Malachy McCourt were anything but blaguards.”

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DC Theatre Scene Review

“Things launch at a manic pace and keep on going in this Keegan production, which is deftly steered by director Colin Smith. More fortuitous still was the choice of casting Timothy Hayes Lynch and Robert Leembruggen as Frank and Malachy McCourt, respectively.”

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The Hoya Review

“‘Blaguards’ feels less like a production and more like brothers telling stories to old friends; it is casual and intimate. Suddenly, the audience is clapping along to Irish melodies and cheering the brothers on, and when the actors break character, you feel like you’re in on the joke.”

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Washington City Paper Review

“The Keegan Theatre has given us the charming and avuncular Timothy Hayes Lynch and Robert Leembruggen as the charming and avuncular Frank and Malachy [McCourt].”

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Broadway World Review

“Thanks to the charm and acting talents of Timothy Hayes Lynch (Frank McCourt) and Robert Leembruggen (Malachy McCourt), it’s much easier to…immerse one’s self in the relatable, and often times funny, story that is conveyed in simple words and songs.”

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DC Metro Theater Arts Review

“Director Colin Smith works with company member Timothy Hayes Lynch and Robert Leembruggen to bring these two Irish brothers to life upon the stage.”

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MD Theatre Guide Review

“Director Colin Smith has a precise sense of comic timing, and had the audience laughing their arses off.”

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Frank McCourt Timothy Hayes Lynch
Malachy McCourt Robert Leembruggen

Production Team

Director Colin Smith
Set Designer Mark A. Rhea
Stage Manager Juliana Parks
Musical Director David Jourdan
Sound Designer Tony Angelini
Lighting Designer Megan Thrift
Costume Designer Emily Riehl – Bedford
Set Dresser, Properties Designer Carol Baker
Properties Assistant Katrina Wiskup