McCourt Brothers’ Play About Growing up in Ireland to be Performed at RVCC Theatre

The Theatre at Raritan Valley Community College will present A Couple of Blaguards, Wednesday, March 11, with performances at 2 and 7 p.m. The rollicking comedy, created by brothers Frank and Malachy McCourt, offers an autobiographical account of their years growing up in poverty in Ireland.

The presentation is part of the Theatre’s Major Artists series. Tickets cost $10 for the 2 p.m. show and $25 for the 7 p.m. show.

Though times were tough in Limerick for the McCourts, the tales spun by the best-selling authors simmer with bittersweet recollections, ferocious humor and a parade of colorful characters. These include the priest who warns of sinners’ eyeballs exploding in Hell and the McCourt grandmother who spits on Frank’s unruly Presbyterian hair to tame it. And they’re all woven into a vaudeville of comedy, Irish songs and a gallery of relatives, rogues, fools and petty tyrants—priestly and otherwise.

The performance features reserved seating. To purchase tickets or for more information, call the Box Office,908-725-3420, or order online at www.rvccArts.org. Subscribers’ packages are available for many Theatre series. Senior citizen, student and group discounts are also available for most performances.

Raritan Valley Community College’s main campus is located at 118 Lamington Road in Branchburg, NJ. Serving Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for close to 50 years, RVCC is an educational and cultural center that is nationally recognized for its innovative programming, service to the community and environmental leadership. The College offers more than 90 associate degrees and certificates, as well as career training, professional development and personal enrichment courses. The College also has a performing arts center and planetarium.

RVCC is committed to offering a quality and affordable education through effective teaching, liaisons with the community’s businesses and state-of-the-art technology. For further information, visit www.raritanval.edu.

Featured image caption: A scene from A Couple of Blaguards.

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