Charming Billy: Stage Adaptation of Alice McDermott's National Book Award-Winning Novel
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The last date listed for Charming Billy was Sunday February 27, 2011 / 3:00pm (Closing Night).
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Shakespeare saved his best for last: his final play, The Tempest, is his most magical and engrossing tale. It follows the adventures of Prospero, an exiled duke who lives as the master of an enchanted isle abounding with fantastical creatures, mystery, music and romance. When a shipwreck delivers Prospero's enemies to the island, the plot thickens as his beloved daughter falls for one of the castaways. Bring a lawn chair and a picnic basket and enjoy this outdoor production from the Olney Theatre Center at the Root Family Stage. In celebration of the 65th anniversary of the National Players -- OTC's touring company of young professional actors -- celebrated National Player "veterans" will compose half the cast while current company members will take the younger roles. See event description for more details. Learn More
Parking very accessible in facility adjacent to theater which is reachable by an elevator that delivers patrons directly to the theater lobby. A flat fee of $5. with ticket stub for evening. Garage closes at 11 pm so diing after the show means one needs possibly to move car.Ordinary Days info • Jun 13 2014 star this tip starred
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Good..but several of the female actresses were hard to hear. Also, the wigs used were so obvious that it cheapened the experience.
The flashbacks were well done. Music enhanced the performance. Set design was perfect.
I do not think though that this production has enough to go to the next level (ie.August Osage County).
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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...continued
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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.