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Round House Theatre - Bethesda
4545 East-West Highway Bethesda, MD 20814
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The weather was freezing inside, hot outside. I wore Why are the answers about dress code always above the actual reviews on Goldstar?.
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250 stars
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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"Charming Billy"
29 ratings
3.7 average rating
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3 reviews
1 stars
attended Feb 05 2011

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.
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13 reviews
14 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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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.