'Batboy' at Gunn- Not to be missed Schools & Kids, posted by Gunnmom, a resident of the Barron Park neighborhood, on Mar 25, 2007 at 10:14 pm
I didn't see 'Batboy' when TheatreWorks performed it in the recent past, so I didn't want to miss this Gunn production. To be honest, it's an odd and interesting show. No spoilers, here, but it's *NOT* about
(a) a kid who helps MLB players retrieve their bats or
(b) the son of Batman.
It's about a kid raised by bats and he's ...um...different. Noel Carey is brilliant (singing, apparently effortlessly, upside down in perfect harmony at one point) and the other cast members shine as well (David Brown - what a hoot) in a musical that doesn't exactly leave you humming show-tunes. It's edgy, dark, metaphorical and the Gunn group (actors, musicians, dancers, set designers) does a good job with it.
Posted by Theresa, a member of the Palo Alto High School community, on Mar 26, 2007 at 8:57 pm
I've seen Noel Carey in a lot of shows over the years, and he's terrific.
He's been Jack in "Into the Woods." He was the peddler in "Oklahoma!" He was the romantic lead in "Once Upon a Mattress." And many, many more. Just a fun kid to watch on stage with a terrific voice and good stage presence.
Posted by Amy K, a member of the Nixon School community, on Apr 7, 2007 at 9:12 am
Freshman, Ronit Roodman,was both a phenemonal dancer and quick-witted actress, but it was her nimble acting chops that made the greatest impression on me. She has certainly won a place at the table of Gunn's rising thespians.
Posted by Gunnmom, a resident of the Barron Park neighborhood, on Apr 7, 2007 at 3:22 pm
My son saw it (3rd time) on closing night and still loved it. He came home with a piece of paper that was distributed to all attendees warning of various things in the production. Apparently somebody had called the principal to complain and the "warning" was the result. Too bad whoever called didn't get the theme of the play - judging somebody because they're different - maybe they could have learned a little lesson and enjoyed these phenomenal actors.