According to Tip: Dick Flavin's Show Based on the Life of Speaker O'Neill
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Playwright Victoria Stewart was inspired by two very different figures -- CNBC personality Suze Orman and Victorian novelist Henry James -- when writing her latest, most probing play, Rich Girl. For despite their differences, both Orman and James share an obsession with money and Rich Girl explores that peculiarly American fascination with startling sensitivity and imagination. When the sheltered Claudine meets the penniless Henry, the two fall helplessly in love. But for Claudine's mother, a tough-talking celebrity finance guru, this happiest of happy coincidences is a cause for suspicion and worry. Inspired by the classic play and film The Heiress, this clever new comedy examines women and their relationships with men, mothers and moolah -- if not in exactly that order. Courtney O'Connor directs the show at the Lyric Stage Company of Boston. Learn More
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Dick Flavin was wonderful as our colorful speaker Tip O'Neill. We learned some things about him that we did not know before and the show made us want to read more about the man who represented the state for so many years. Very enjoyable evening.
Starring Dick Flavin
Directed by Richard McElvain
Longtime Boston political authority and veteran commentator Dick Flavin has an insider’s prospective of Thomas P. “Tip” O'Neill, personally as well as professionally. According to Tip is filled with history, humor and even a bit of music. Audiences go back in time with Tip from his life growing up in Cambridge where he entered local politics, to the Massachusetts State House, and eventually to the White House.
For the play, Flavin drew from Tip’s own words, those of his colleagues, Congressional records and from researching many writings, including John A. Farrell’s biography. “Tip O’Neill was the most colorful political figure of his time, and one of the most significant. He crossed swords and lifted a glass with all the giants of the age; Reagan, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon and more, “ says Flavin. He adds, “It was a challenge to write about, and will be a challenge to portray, such a unique character.”
Presented by Paul T. Boghosian/Harborside Films