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Monday, 21 March 2011 13:38

The mostly real McCoy

Canadian playwright Andrew Moodie’s The Real McCoy is currently making its U.S. premiere at the Black Rep. The show is about “the greatest inventor you have never heard of” (according to the company’s news release). Almost everyone is familiar with the phrase “the real McCoy,” however, and it may (or may not) refer to engineer Elijah McCoy (1844-1929), who patented the idea for a lubrication system that could keep a train moving long distances without having to stop every 20 minutes or so to add oil. This is his story, and a mostly fine tale it is.

Published in Theater Reviews