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Round House Theatre - Bethesda
4545 East-West Highway Bethesda, MD 20814
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"Charming Billy"
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3.7 average rating
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12 reviews
7 stars
attended Feb 03 2011

This adaption of Alice McDermot's award-winning novel is fabulous. The cast was incredible. The actor playing Billy was wonderful. This is a must see play if you love Alice McDermott.

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26 reviews
6 stars
attended Feb 04 2011

The play was interesting, but the sound left something to be desired. We were sitting in the fourth row to the right of the stage, and whenever the actors were in the center of the stage, we had trouble understanding them. The theater needs to...

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2 stars
attended Feb 03 2011

Excellent performance. Flashbacks were incorporated wonderfully. Adaptation stayed true to the book.

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Quotes & Highlights

Learn more about playwright/director Blake Robison.
For an NPR interview with Charming Billy author Alice McDermott, click here.


In a small Bronx bar, a funeral party has gathered to honor Billy Lynch. Through the night, his friends and family weave together the tale of a husband, lover, dreamer, and storyteller, but also that of a hopeless drunk whose immense charm was but a veil over a lifetime of secrets and all-consuming sorrow.

Charming Billy is a masterful look at how a community can pin its dreams to one man, and how good intentions can be as destructive as the truth they were meant to hide. Blake Robison directs his stage adaptation of the acclaimed novel by Bethesda’s Alice McDermott, a National Book Award winner.

About the Ticket Supplier: Round House Theatre

Round House is one of the leading professional theaters in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, producing a six-show season of modern classics, new plays and musicals for more than 40,000 patrons each year at our 400-seat theater in Bethesda. Round House has been nominated for 146 Helen Hayes Awards (including six in 2015) and has won 27 (including three in 2014). Its productions have won “Outstanding Resident Play” four times.

Round House’s educational programs serve more than 2,500 students of all ages at its six-classroom Education Center in Silver Spring and in schools throughout Montgomery County. Its many innovative education programs encompass Full Day Programs for Youth, including Summer Programs for K – 12; a Teen Performance Company, with classes and events for teens throughout the year culminating in The Sarah Metzger Memorial Play, the only play produced by a regional theater that is directed, acted and designed by high school students; School Outreach, including Intersections, Student Matinees, and Play It Forward, a program that allows Montgomery County high school students to attend Round House shows for free; and Classes for Adults & Youth.

Round House is a member of LORT (League of Resident Theatres) and LOWT (League of Washington Theatres). The theatre is a 501©3 not-for-profit organization with major support from Montgomery County, the Maryland State Arts Council (an agency funded by the State of Maryland and the National Endowment for the Arts), and the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County.