Review: Laugh Attack at Union Square Theatre—“Bat Boy: The Musical”
a Bat Boy discovered in a cave in Hope Falls, West Virginia, find
happiness in New York? Yes—judging from the laughter and applause
at the Union Square Theatre.
Boy: The Musical” breathes life into a tabloid creature with the
body of a boy but seriously deformed with the pointy ears and
sharp teeth. While the town’s people want him destroyed, the sheriff
(Richard Pruitt) leaves him with the local vet Thomas Parker (Sean
McCourt) where he is accepted by his wife, Meredith (Kaitlin Thomas).
With some trepidation by her teenage daughter, Shelley (Kerry
Butler), they name the boy Edgar and start to educate him. Very
quickly he learns, in a hilarious scene satirizing “My Fair Lady’s”
language lesson, to speak with a British accent. Soon he is reading
the classics and pouring proper tea. Bat Boy pokes fun at other
Deven May’s electrifying Bat Boy performance is worth the entire
evening. He inhabits the creature that has a love for learning
and a lust for blood. May expertly sings, dances, clowns, mimes
and makes you feel the outrageous character’s pain to his addiction
when he’s singing his “Apology to a Cow.” Hopkins, as the adoptive
mother, has both a lovely voice and good comic timing. Vivid also
is Trent Armand Kendall, a chubby but graceful actor, who rocks
the house with his revival singing and hilariously plays the role
of a frantic mother among others.
The complicated plot involves a faded coal mining town trying
to raise cattle on a hillside, a deeply held family secret, and
a half a dozen other strands. Everything falls into place deftly
as directed by Scott Schwartz. The imaginative production’s five-piece
rock band accompanies the clever lyrics of Laurence O’Keefe who
wrote the score with Alex Lacamoire.
Square Theater,100 East 17th St. 212-307-4100; $50-$55.)
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