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Barrymore by William Luce



“A man doesn’t feel old until regrets take the place of dreams.” Barrymore by William Luce is a story of memories, alcoholism and regrets. It is largely a one-man play set in the 1940s, and tells the story of John Barrymore, one of America’s great actors. Patrick Treadway brings the figure to life with a lively, humorous, and dramatic performance, as Barrymore realizes his career is coming to an end as gulps from a martini glass filled with a butterscotch-coloured liquid. A second character, Frank, is never seen on stage—but is often heard sarcastically feeding the aging actor his lines of a play as the pair rehearse in a rented and run-down theatre. The play, Richard III, would be Barrymore’s triumphant return to the stage but the memorization of his lines fails him as the memories of his life claim him. He recalls roles in theatre and on screen, childhood trauma, marriage, and love. Treadway’s performance is brilliant. The play is a joy for any lover of language, Shakespeare and wit. Reviwed by Erin Slobodian.


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One Review

    M McGuire

    Loved, loved, loved this performance! I truly felt I was watching John Barrymore on stage. It has incredible language, humor, and insight and Mr. Treadway is absolutely brilliant in the part. A great actor playing a great actor. Highly recommend it to Fringe goers ….

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