The Irish… And How They Got That Way is an irreverent background of the Irish through the tumultuous 20th and 2first centuries with the eyes of Pulitzer Prize winning writer, Frank McCourt (Angela’s Ashes, ‘Tis, Teacher Man).
McCourt’s razor sharp wit, coupled with his trademark bitter irony, and also his boundless love for the Irish People are all underscored by glorious music extending all the method from the auld Irish folk ballades, via George M. Cohan’s patriotic love songs to America, World War II criteria sung in movies, USOs and also foxholes anywhere the world, and consisting of the latest from contemporary Ireland’s U2.
“Now in renewal at the Irish Repertory Theater a year after McCourt’s death, the present displays a sturdiness that transcends passing vogue. . THE BUOYANT BLEND OF TRADITIONAL SONGS, SHOW TUNES AND POP IS DELIGHTFUL: Mr. Troy does a dandy George M. Cohan and also Mr. Sheehan a damaging “Danny Boy.” – New York Times
“Charlotte Moore’s ensemble of 4 males and 2 woguys puts on a jaunty display, fluidly changing among songs, jigs and also recited passages. EVEN IF YOU DON’T HAVE A SINGLE DROP OF GREEN IN YOUR VEINS, IT’S ENTIRELY POSSIBLE YOU’LL FIND A TEAR IN YOUR EYE.” – Time Out
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“Making successful entertainment out of serious background is a rare gift. Yet from the tragic 1840s potato famine to a haunting, modern-day U2 anthem, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer and former history TEACHER FRANK MCCOURT’S RICHLY NARRATED, MUSICAL HISTORY LESSON, “THE IRISH … AND HOW THEY GOT THAT WAY,” IS PURE ENJOYMENT. “An exuberant, mainly Irish actors enacts McCourt’s wide-ranging product that sizzles via outrage, wit, pride and, of course, sentiment. Charlotte Moore, imaginative director of the Irish Rep, has cohesively and artfully staged the occupational, through actors and musicians onphase in a storytelling grouping. Spirited narration of McCourt’s irony-tinged version of Irish history — combining truth, folklore, stereotypes and also blarney — is interspersed via snippets or complete productions of many familiar Irish songs, often accompanied by lively dancing. The troupe is backed by atmospheric projections of historical paints, newspaper short articles, letters, and also black-and-white photos, yet the warmhearted manufacturing never feels favor a documentary. THIS PRODUCTION OF “THE IRISH …” FULLY SUCCEEDS AS A SOULFUL, OFTEN ROLLICKING JOURNEY THROUGH 150 TUMULTUOUS YEARS OF IRISH-AMERICAN HISTORY.” — Associated Press
“Throughout the present, the music expresses a sentimental nostalgia with catch-in-your-throat numbers that make you reflexively tear up. the present concludes through U2’s “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For.” IT’S THE PERFECT ANTHEM FOR THOSE WHO PONDER WHAT THEY’VE GAINED — AND LOST.” — NY Post
“Ciaran Sheehan sings a beautiful variation of “Danny Boy” in the Irish Repertory’s revival of Frank McCourt’s The Irish…And How They Got That Way but that’s much from the only reason for recommending this refreshing summer breeze from Galmeans Bay. THE SHOW IS A FITTING TRIBUTE TO EVERYTHING IRISH — AND, IN PARTICULAR, TO THE LIVELY, KEENING IRISH SONGS NOW POPULAR FOR EONS. Name the tune, and also it’s a sure bet there’s a rendition below as feelingly sung by Sheehan and also fellow original actors member Terry Donnelly, as well as Kerry Conte and also Gary Troy, all of whom have been directed through Gaelic treatment by Charlotte Moore and also choreographed through Celtic energy by Barry McNabb. In addition, the revered ditties are robustly accompanied by music director Kevin B. Winebold, and on violin, mandolin, and bodhran by Patrick Shields.” — Theatremania
“ONE CAN CELEBRATE A FRESH REVIVAL OF FRANK MCCOURT’S DELIGHTFUL MUSICAL, as soon as again spiritedly directed by Charlotte Moore at the Irish Repertory Theatre. Just like past presentations, THIS INCARNATION PROVIDES A WARM MIX OF SENTIMENT AND SHEER FUN. The show is both a history lesson and enjoyable entertainment all wrapped right into one, thanks to the actors, contributions by the musicians, a helping of snappy choreography by Barry McNabb, original musical arrangements by Rusty Magee, Set and projection design by Shawn Lewis, costume deign by David Toser, lighting architecture by Michael Gottlieb and the loving as a whole direction by Moore, that plainly has an knowledge affinity with and fondness for the occupational.” — William Wolf
“Presented by the Irish Repertory Theatre, the play is a memory-laden journey of Irish and also Irish-Amerihave the right to background, WRITTEN WITH BOTH A DASH OF WIT AND A MOURNFUL SMILE by Frank McCourt and sharply directed by Charlotte Moore. Casting is fantastic. Particularly memorable is Ciaran Sheehan sings some of the even more soulful numbers. Kerry Conte does a nice revolve with such numbers as Galmethod Bay and Has Anybody Here Seen Kelly? Terry Donnelly functions well with the hilarious story-song Finnegan’s Wake and also nicely teams with Conte for The Rose of Tralee. Rounding out the actors are musical director Kevin B. Winebold (on piano) and Patrick Shields on many tools (both of whom execute a letter-perfect job). “The Irish…and How They Got That Way” is above all, an introspective piece. It offers a verbal (and also extremely involving) historical essay, as well as some terrific music and also even more than a few facets of humor.
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IT’S A SHOW DEFINITELY WORTH CHECKING OUT.” — Epoch Times
“All that was lacking was a pint of Guinness.” – CurtainUp.com
“The six performers entertain with a glint in their eyes, a sprint to their actions and a touch of Irish humor and also wit to tell their many type of tales. A captivating capsule of Irish history percreated to the hilt by a good ensemble actors.” – Talk Entertainment