The Irish and How They Got That Way

Friday, March 06, 2020 to Sunday, April 05, 2020



Written by Frank McCourt
Original musical arrangements by Rusty Magee

Hold onto your hats for this rollicking, roller coaster of a ride compiled by Frank McCourt (Angela’s Ashes), who brings his razor-sharp wit, trademark bitter irony and boundless love of his people to this revue about all things Irish. This show delivers what it promises: stirring blarney, a bit of hokum, genuine heartache and much joy.  

Set in McCourt’s Pub, complete with a working bar, the narration weaves a buoyant blend of traditional songs, show tunes and pop – from “Danny Boy” and George M. Cohan to U2 – with a reminder of the injustices, humiliations, and privations suffered by the Irish people both in Ireland and here in their new neighborhoods in America.  

Join theREP for this sometimes irreverent tribute to our heritage and our future, in the style of a real old-fashioned Irish wake. THE IRISH AND HOW THEY GOT THAT WAY will make a grand farewell t to our current space, as we prepare to move to our new home with our next show! 

Special Events

Opening Night, Tuesday, March 10
desserts provided by Bella Napoli champagne or ginger-ale toast with the cast and crew
Chef’s Table, Tues March 17
light bites provided by dp’s beginning at 6:30p.m.
Irish Dance Demonstration, Sat March 20, 8p.m. 
Join us before the show as Bethlehem Traditional Irish Dance gives us a demonstration of traditional Irish dancing. Demonstration begins at 6:30p.m.
Interpreted Performance, Sat. March 21, 3p.m. 
This performance will feature a sign language interpreter. To request access to this section, please call our box office at 518.346.6204
Post-Show Discussion, Wed March 25
Following the show, we will host a post-show discussion with Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill Producing Artistic Director plus the cast of The Irish…And How They Got That Way
Thirsty Thursday, Thurs. March 26
Tastings provided by Albany Distilling, Nine Pin Cider and The Olde English Pub
Behind The Scenes, Sun March 29
Light fare before the show and a behind the scenes discussion with Maggie Mancinelli Cahill and Elizabeth Stack from the Irish Heritage Museum. Doors open at 12:30p.m. with a light snack, then the discussion will begin at 1:00p.m.

At theREP, we aim to make theatre accessible for all. For The Irish and How They Got That Way, we are proud to offer four options for hearing impaired individuals.

Saturday, March 21, 3 pm
Interpreted Performance
This performance will feature a sign language interpreter. To request access to this section, please call our box office at 518.346.6204

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