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.”
8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Through June 7. The Kaleidoscope, 705 Main. For information, visit bayoucitytheatrics.com. $30.
Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Starts: May 29. Continues through June 7, 2014