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Round House Theatre - Bethesda
4545 East-West Highway Bethesda, MD 20814
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The weather was beautiful. I wore normal clothes, and I was freezing. Seriously, bring a heavy coat and an extra pair of socks. It was probably 55-60 degrees in the theater..
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Two parking garages half block away on Waverly - free on weekends.
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"Charming Billy"
29 ratings
3.7 average rating
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13 reviews
13 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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32 reviews
22 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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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.