The grinding poverty that the McCourts experienced as children gives an edge to the play’s humor, but without overwhelming it, Conroy said.
“We can see the severity of it in some strange way, without it being rubbed in our faces,” he said. “Which is of course a more significant way of getting it to us.”
Malachy McCourt, who appeared in 30 movies with actors that include Sean Connery and Brad Pitt, thinks Platt and Conroy are well suited to play himself and Frank.
“They both have a great sense of humor, and they have comedic talents as well,” he said. “They deliver funny lines without appearing to.”
McCourt feels Platt and Conroy take the material that he created with his brother to another level.
“We actually had memories of seeing the things we talked about, and the people,” he said. “They’re acting as if they had seen them, and they bring imagination to it, which sometimes makes it funnier than actually seeing it.
“An untrammeled imagination is kind of crazy anyway. They do a great job.”
If you go What: "A Couple of Blaguards" by Frank and Malachy McCourt When: Friday, Oct. 18, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 19, 2 and 7:30 p.m.; Wednesday, Oct. 23, 7:30 p.m.; Thursday, Oct. 24, 2 and 7:30 p.m.; Friday, Oct. 25, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 26, 2 and 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Oct. 20 and 27, 2 p.m. Where: Larcom Theatre, 13 Wallis St., Beverly. Tickets: $39 Information: 617-531-1257 or www.larcomtheatre.com