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A Couple of Blaguards

Plenty of Irish writers, from James Joyce to Brendan Behan, have turned their miserable childhoods into great literature–or at least popular prose. But few have succeeded so well as the McCourt brothers, Frank and Malachy, who’ve told and retold the same stories in many different media. Malachy was the first to become a celebrity of […]

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A Terrible Beauty is Born: An Evening of New Irish Literature

Back in 1983 two middle-aged brothers named Frank and Malachy McCourt hit Chicago with A Couple of Blaguards, their boozy barroom revue of stories and songs about growing up in–and escaping from–the rainy Irish coastal city of Limerick. A surprise hit at the now-defunct CrossCurrents cabaret, Blaguards stretched a two-week booking into an eight-month run, […]