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Dick Flavin to play Tip O'Neill in 'According to Tip'

Posted by Don Aucoin  May 10, 2011 01:48 PM

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Apparently not content with simply writing a play about the late House Speaker Thomas P. (Tip) O'Neill, longtime TV commentator Dick Flavin has decided to play him onstage.

In a limited engagement that begins June 9 at the Lyric Stage Company of Boston, Flavin will portray O'Neill in his solo play, "According to Tip.'' The production will be directed by Richard McElvain.

'"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,'' Flavin said in a statement, adding: "It was a challenge to write about, and will be a challenge to portray, such a unique character.''

It will also be a challenge to follow the fine performance by Ken Howard, who portrayed O'Neill in a 2008 production of "According to Tip'' at the New Repertory Theatre in Watertown.


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