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Houston Actor John Stevens Brings Out the Demons and Genius

Stevens brings actor and show to exciting life.

More important, Act II is too short, leaving us with a feeling that somehow we're missing an ingredient from this life, that Barrymore has kept hidden a secret we are not privileged to know. And I do feel that playwright Luce missed an opportunity for a striking contrast — it would have been great to see Barrymore in his prime, perhaps in a flashback or a dream sequence, when he was at the height of his powers. When a play is about "How the mighty have fallen," it helps to see the "mighty" phase.

John Stevens as the great actor John Barrymore in Barrymore at Theatre Southwest through July 5.
Scott Holmes
John Stevens as the great actor John Barrymore in Barrymore at Theatre Southwest through July 5.

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Barrymore

Through July 5. Theatre Southwest, 8944-A Clarkcrest, 713-661-9505, theatresouthwest.org.

This work is both demanding and challenging, and this production is highly successful, presenting a sharply etched portrait of a great personality, a tribute to the love of theater and a wry commentary on one of the many weaknesses to which a human being may succumb.

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