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According to Tip at the Firehouse

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Official Website:According to Tip at the Firehouse
Location:Market Square, Newburyport, MA, 01950
Dates:Fri, Sat, Sun from 11/2/12 - 11/4/12
Hours:Hours Vary see below
Ages:Teens, Adults
Cost:$$ see below
Category:Theater & Shows

Massachusetts legend Dick Flavin portrays political titan Tip O'Neill, one of the most influential men in US history. As performed previously at Boston's Lyric Theater.

*2008 Independent Reviewers of New England Awards (IRNE) Award Winner: Best Play

*Previously Performed at the Lyric Stage in Boston
Limited Engagement at the Firehouse!!

Thomas Phillip 'Tip' O'Neill, Jr. (1912–1994) was an American politician. The outspoken liberal Democrat and influential member of the U.S. Congress, served in the House of Representatives for 34 years and represented two congressional districts in Massachusetts. He was the Speaker of the House from 1977 until his retirement in 1987, making him the second longest-serving Speaker in U.S. history after Sam Rayburn, and the longest consecutive-serving Speaker.

It is only proper that another Massachusetts legend Dick Flavin play the political titan who influenced government policy on the state, local and international levels for decades during the 20th century. Quincy native Flavin has made it his mission to keep the memory of the life and times of the beloved Bay-State politician alive and thriving. Flavin wrote According to Tip ten years ago but never imagined himself playing the role.

Longtime Boston political authority and veteran commentator Flavin has an insider’s perspective 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 [is] a challenge to portray, such a unique character.”

About Dick Flavin: A one-man Commonwealth institution, Dick Flavin is the winner of seven Emmy Awards for television writing and commentary and was the narrator of The Teammates, an ESPN documentary that was nominated for three 2004 Emmy Awards. The humorist is also one of America's leading speakers and writers in addition to his duties as the Poet Laureate of the Boston Red Sox. Flavin has performed Teddy at the Bat, his memorial tribute to the late Ted Williams, at Fenway Park in Boston, the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY and in other cities across the country. In addition he has written and performed special material for the Boston Pops and Symphony orchestras; and has taught courses on the uses of humor and satire at Harvard University and Brandeis University.


Friday-Sunday, November 2-4 @8pm
Saturday-Sunday, November 3-4 @3pm


Adults $35; Members/Seniors $30; Students $20


Market Square, Newburyport, MA, 01950 map

Take I-95 to Exit 57 (Newburyport). Take Route 113 east to Green Street.Turn left on Green Street and follow to the end. Turn right on Merrimac Street. The Firehouse will be on your left (address: 1 Market Square). Parking is available in the waterfront lots on either side of the Firehouse.

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