The 5 Best Things to Do in Houston This Weekend: Bat Boy: The Musical , Debut Novelist Jennifer Mathieu and More
Looking for a way to kick off your weekend? how about catching Bat Boy: The Musical, currently at Bayou City Theatrics, on Friday. Colton Berry, artistic director for the group, has been waiting to perform Bat Boy: The Musical for more than a decade. Berry first learned about a boy who was reportedly half-bat, half-boy from a series of absurd news stories in tabloids. “I remember seeing photos of the bat boy while waiting in the checkout line with my mother at the grocery store,” Berry tells us. Something about his face always stuck with me…I’m being totally serious.” A few years later, Berry heard about a musical based on the bat boy’s adventures. It played off-Broadway and took the theater world by storm. “As soon as I was able, I grabbed a copy of the script and soundtrack. The show proved to be one of the most witty librettos and addicting musical scores I have [ever] encountered. I’ve been hooked ever since.”
Colton Berry in Bat Boy: The Musical
Berry, who plays Edgar (the name the bat boy is given when he’s captured), has undergone some significant physical changes in getting ready for the character. “When Edgar is discovered, he is frail and fragile, hairless and
nearly blind. His teeth have all adapted into razor sharp fangs and his ears are extended to allow for his sonic hearing capabilities. I have lost around 20 pounds — through a healthy diet and exercise, I promise! I’ve steered clear of UV rays and shaved my head bald.” Prosthetic ears, contact lenses, a set of pointed fangs and body makeup complete the look.
While the story is over-the-top outrageous, Berry says the Bayou City Theatrics production is playing it straight. “Many productions of the show play heavy into farce and plead for cheap laughs. A note in the script from the playwright specifically points out that the best delivery of the material [comes] from a real, honest place. I knew we could do that.”
See Bat Boy: The Musical at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Through June 7. The Kaleidoscope, 705 Main. For information, visit bayoucitytheatrics.com. $30.
The "slut stall" in the girls' bathroom at Healy High School is filled with nasty postings about Alice. "Alice got an abortion last semester" and "Alice had sex in exchange for math test answers" among them. More stories about Alice are spread through the school: "Alice had sex with two boys at one party." When the school's star quarterback dies in a car crash, word gets out that it was because he was sexting with Alice at the time. That's when the rumors about Alice really get out of control.
Photo by George Hixson
On Friday, former writer and now debut novelist Jennifer Mathieu follows those rumors and the people who spread them in The Truth About Alice, a book for young adults that's set to be released this summer. A raw look at teen life, is told from alternating points of view as four students tell everything they know about Alice. But as they talk, the teens reveal their own motives to slant the story and disclose their own secrets; readers discover the truth about Alice might not be true at all.
Jennifer Mathieu reads from and signs The Truth About Alice at 7 p.m. Friday. Blue Willow Bookshop, 14532 Memorial. For information, call 2814978675 or visit bluewillowbookshop.com. Free.
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