Irish stage character
- Many slight plays were written as vehicles for Irish singer-comedians like Joe Murphy, W. J. Scan-lan, and Chauncey Olcott. The "stage Irishman" was an ethnic type popularized in plays by Dion Boucicault, followed by Edward Harrigan 's series of Mulligan Guard plays. The characterizations built upon a Hibernian accent, considerable physical activity, and references to the "auld sod" as well as vagrancy, fisticuffs, drinking, and singing.
The Historical Dictionary of the American Theater. James Fisher.
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