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Round House Theatre - Bethesda
4545 East-West Highway Bethesda, MD 20814
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Roundhouse is very convenient. County parking is a block away.
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Two different parking garages- one right across the street and one down the block.
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3.7 average rating
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5 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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18 reviews
4 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...continued

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1 review
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 Theatre produces literary adaptations and contemporary works for the stage, conducts community-based education programs, and provides a home to diverse artists and arts organizations. Their work is expansive: they make art to explore big ideas, broaden minds, move hearts, exercise imaginations, and—ultimately—to build community through the shared experience of live theatre.