Flavin, left, cuts the cake at the show debut.By Joe Leary
Special to the BIR
Filled with deep laughter, happy songs, humorous political history lessons, and Dick Flavin’s magnificent acting, this one-man performance of “According to Tip” holds the audience’s attention riveted to the stage.
Flavin was interrupted several times by spontaneous applause during the June 23d performance, with the audience especially enthusiastic about “Tip O’Neill’s” tribute to his wife Millie after the singing of “I’ll Be With You in Apple Blossom Time.”
The Lyric Stage Theatre on Clarendon Street is an ideal location for a play like Flavin’s. Close-to-the-stage seating brings the action right into the audience.
The play is an American political history lesson covering some of our most destructive government leaders – Nixon, Agnew, and Gingrich – and some of Tip O’Neill’s greatest heroes – John F. Kennedy, Gerald Ford, and James Michael Curley, all done with gracious humor and a most entertaining style. The outspoken Speaker of the U.S. House, who was known for his devotion to helping the less fortunate and offering a hand to friends and foe alike, would be very pleased with Dick Flavin’s interpretations. Read more