Venue Details

Round House Theatre - Bethesda
4545 East-West Highway Bethesda, MD 20814
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3.7 / 5 Rated by 29 members
Review from martin
Red Velvet 61 events 19 reviews

The play was excellent but the acoustics were terrible and my wife who has a mild hearing deficiency missed most of the play. I have excellent hearing but could not hear most of the humor due to the poor acoustics at the Roundhouse Theater. I...continued

reviewed Feb 15 2011 report as inappropriate
Review from Terri
Red Velvet 70 events 14 reviews

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.

reviewed Feb 03 2011 report as inappropriate
Review from Ken
Red Velvet 69 events 4 reviews

Good staging. Very slow pace with a predictable plot.

reviewed Feb 17 2011 report as inappropriate
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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.

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