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Theater & art

Stage Review

Frank McCourt’s ‘The Irish’ is a celebration

SOMERVILLE — The late Frank McCourt, Pulitzer Prize-winning author, teacher, and sometime actor, represented the classic Irish immigrant of the first half of the 20th century. His text for the 1997 revue “The Irish . . . and How They Got That Way,” now at the Davis Square Theatre, reflects that background.

Celebrating the Irish-American experience with familiar songs and poignant stories, “The Irish . . . and How They Got That Way” features an ensemble of six multitalented performers who charm the audience with an entertaining, two-hour show. The proceedings bear out a determination to set the record straight about the tragedy of the Great Famine, and evince a reverence for John F. Kennedy, a pride in iconic Irish-Americans George M. Cohan and James Cagney, and a humorous, slightly bitter attitude toward British oppression.

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