The Irish & How They got that way

March 24 – 26, 2023

The youngstown playhouse Main stage

Written by Frank McCourt

Directed by John Cox

March 24 – 26, 2023

Friday & Saturday: 7:30pm

Sunday: 2:30pm

About the show

Written in 1997 by Frank McCourt, The Irish… and How They Got That Way highlights traditional Irish through humorous and confident song, dance and storytelling of Irish history — including research by McCourt on how they were used and poorly viewed by the English. 

The second special event show of the season was written by Pulitzer Prize winner Frank McCourt, The Irish…and How They Got That Way celebrates a heritage that confronts adversity with determination and good humor while recognizing the injustices suffered by the Irish both in Ireland and in America. Drawing from McCourt’s personal experience, the story is told through his unique humor and a blend of traditional songs, show tunes, and pop classics – from “Danny Boy” to U2.


Tickets may be purchased in-person at the DeYor Performing Arts Center Box Office Monday through Friday from 10am to 5pm.

Ticket sales will be available 1 hour prior to performances at The Youngstown Playhouse.

Online ticket sales will close two hours prior to doors opening on the event date.

Flex Passes

Flex Passes are on sale now. Available in three price tiers, Flex Passes include admission to any 4 performances within the 2022/2023 Season, excluding special event shows.



Coming Soon!


Coming Soon!


November 15 and 16
6:00pm – 8:00pm
The Youngstown Playhouse

3 males
2 females
A pianist

Rehearsals begin in February 2023. Performances are March 24, 25, and 26