Times Union reviewer Steve Barnes calls A Couple of Blaguards, which plays through Oct. 5, "a superbly entertaining evening."
"The McCourt brothers Frank and Malachy were a remarkable pair, men with generous talent and even more generous spirit despite, or perhaps because of, the squalor and privation of their youth.
That upbringing in Limerick, Ireland, where they moved from their native Brooklyn while both still toddlers, is most widely known from the brothers’ respective memoirs — Frank’s massively best-selling “Angela’s Ashes,” published in 1996, and Malachy’s “A Monk Swimming,” released two years later — and their sequels. But both men’s books were inspired by “A Couple of Blaguards,” an autobiographical 1985 play they co-wrote and starred in.
It is being presented this weekend and next at the GE Theatre at Proctors in an excellent, often hilarious touring production by a pair of actors who have performed it together for more than a decade. Howard Platt, a familiar face from TV series including “Sanford and Son” and “Evening Shade,” directs and plays Malachy, born 11 months after Frank, played by Jarlath Conroy."