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Once at The Paramount Theatre

 
Barry DeBois is a sweet, deflated, attractive Guy, an Irish vaccuum repair man who also happens to be a brilliant guitarist and singer (just like DeBois). His character is best summed up by one of his own lines: “waste a life because you’re frightened of it.” DeBois is just superb, whether dueting or soloing.
— Regina Belt-Daniels, Northwest Herald, May 6th, 2018 (of Barry DeBois as Guy in Once the Musical, Paramount Theatre)
When Topol and DeBois lock into the two-part harmonies of the Oscar-winning “Falling Slowly,” the sound is transcendent.
— Catey Sullivan, Chicago Sun Times, May 3rd, 2018 (of Barry DeBois as Guy in Once the Musical, Paramount Theatre)
DeBois’ amazing musical and acting skills not only impress, but also touch the heart.
— Scott C. Morgan, Daily Herald, May 2, 2018 (of Barry DeBois as Guy in Once the Musical, Paramount Theatre)
DeBois has just the right good looks and warm voice for the role, and deftly suggests the awkward social graces of a guy with a damaged ego.
— Hedy Weiss, Chicago Tonight, April 30, 2018 (of Barry DeBois as Guy in Once the Musical, Paramount Theatre)
DeBois’ driving rendition of the show’s first song, “Leave,” followed quickly by his and Topol’s cabaret-worthy duet in the production’s signature song, “Falling Slowly,” illustrate this particular musical’s extraordinary cast requirements.
— Barry Reszel, Chicagoland Musical Theatre, April 30th, 2018 (of Barry DeBois as Guy in Once the Musical, Paramount Theatre)
A powerhouse performance by Barry DeBois.
— Alan Bresloff, Around the Town Chicago, April 29th, 2018 (of Barry DeBois as Guy in Once the Musical, Paramount Theatre)

Once at the John W. Engeman Theater

 
DeBois shines in a scene where he plays at a live mic night at a local tavern, and in “Gold” to end Act I he is terrific.
— David Ambro, The Observer, January 25th, 2018 (of Barry DeBois as Guy in Once the Musical, John W. Engeman Theater)
Ms. Goss and a charming Barry DeBois make a sensational team.
— Melissa Giordano, Broadway World, January 24th, 2018 (of Barry DeBois as Guy in Once the Musical, John W. Engeman Theater)

Once at Midtown Arts Center

 
Barry DeBois and Elena Juliano play Guy and Girl, perfectly portraying the lovers crossing-in-the-night story... Their rendition of ‘Falling Slowly’ awakes the soul and brings a tear to every eye.
— Avery Anderson, MET Media, September 13th, 2017 (of Barry DeBois as Guy in Once the Musical, Midtown Arts Center)

Once National Tour

 
Once tells the story of Guy, played by Barry DeBois... It was the most beautiful piece of theater I’ve ever seen.
— Georgia Davis, The Post Athens, October 14th, 2016 (of Barry DeBois as Guy in Once the Musical, National Tour)

The Wedding Singer at Janesville Armory

 
Barry DeBois in the role of Robbie, the wedding singer, comes across as likeable, smart and funny.
— Kevin Zimmerman, Times Ledger, August 14, 2013 (of Barry DeBois as Robbie in The Wedding Singer, Janesville Armory)
DeBois really soars when it is just him and his acoustic guitar on stage.
— Zachary Stewart, TheatreMania, August 14, 2013 (of Barry DeBois as Robbie in The Wedding Singer, Janesville Armory)

West Side Story at Cassidy Theatre

 
Barry DeBois as Tony has a crystal clear tenor and sweet-cored toughness as the young man struggling to break free of his history. Tony and Maria’s duets are arrestingly beautiful, and together they make you believe that unselfish, unfettered love can still exist.
— Ted Larsen, Parma Sun Post, March 12, 2009 (of Barry DeBois as Tony in West Side Story, Cassidy Theatre)

The Last Five Years at The Players Guild

 
A skilled vocalist, resourceful actor and appealing stage presence, Barry DeBois is well chosen to play Jamie, a hip writer whose career is starting to take off. At the outset, he conveys the overwhelming joy of new love. By show’s end, after trying to balance a demanding career with an unsupportive partner, he angrily checks out. In between lies a gamut of shifting emotions.
— Dan Kane, The Canton Repository, September 23, 2008 (of Barry DeBois as Jamie in The Last Five Years, The Players Guild)

Peter Pan at The Players Guild

 
Barry DeBois should also be praised for creating a memorable Captain Hook. He is dastardly, yet hilarious in his efforts to defeat Peter Pan. His deadpan looks aside to the audience (usually as his bumbling pirate crew exhibit their mental ineptitude) make for comic gold. He has the swagger of a Captain Jack Sparrow, but then effectively turns into a sniveling coward when he hears the clock ticking in the stomach of the crocodile that took his hand and is hungry for the other.
— Joseph Ledford, The Budget, May 25, 2008 (of Barry DeBois as Captain Hook in Peter Pan, The Players Guild)

Tuesdays With Morrie at The Players Guild

 
I had already known [Barry] as a great singer. However, I now know he is equally talented as a dramatic actor, giving a solid performance as Mitch Albom. His conversational style was believable and his marvelous interaction with Rhodes ran the gamut from hilarious to tear-jerkingly sad. At play’s end, there was not a dry eye in the house, I am sure of it.
— Joseph Ledford, The Budget, January 23, 2008 (of Barry DeBois as Mitch Albom in Tuesdays With Morrie, The Players Guild)
A notably talented star of local stage musicals, Barry DeBois shows here that he’s equally skilled as a dramatic actor. As Mitch, a once idealistic guy now married to his job, he conveys an utterly human mix of conflicting feelings.
— Dan Kane, The Canton Repository, January 23, 2008 (of Barry DeBois as Mitch Albom in Tuesdays With Morrie, The Players Guild)

Aida at Rivertree Players

 
As the manly and idealistic Egyptian captain Radames who becomes Aida’s forbidden love, Barry DeBois has a warm singing voice and acting skills that convey a kaleidoscope of conflicting loyalties and emotions. His numerous duets with Ellis are soaring, affecting pop ballads.
— Dan Kane, The Canton Repository, October 16, 2007 (of Barry DeBois as Radamese in Aida, Rivertree Players)

Godspell at The Players Guild

 
Barry DeBois gives an appealingly sincere performance ... he attracts attention naturally, and his singing is strong and emotive.
— Dan Kane, The Canton Repository, March 25, 2006 (of Barry DeBois as Jesus in Godspell, The Players Guild)