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John Sanders, right, is villainous in “Peter and the Starcatcher.”

Sacramento Live: ‘Peter and the Starcatcher’ in Folsom

Published: Thursday, Mar. 20, 2014 - 12:00 am

The national tour of “Peter and the Starcatcher” lands the five-time Tony Award-winning production at the Harris Center for three performances Tuesday and Wednesday. Based on a novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, the story serves as a prequel to J.M. Barrie’s “Peter and Wendy” giving a backstory to some of Barrie’s characters, including Peter Pan and Captain Hook. John Sanders, who began his career at Jesuit High School, stars as the Black Stache, the comic foil and main antagonist of the Boy who will become Peter. A dozen actors play more than a hundred characters in the energetic, highly theatrical performance.

7:30 p.m. Tuesday, and 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. At the Harris Center for the Arts at Folsom Lake College, 10 College Parkway, Folsom. Tickets: $45-$79. (916) 608-6888; .

Batiste in Davis

The pianist and vocalist Jonathan Batiste was born and raised in New Orleans where his musical family is considered a city treasure. While playing with the Batiste family band as a child, he became known to another famous New Orleans jazz family (the Marsalis clan) before heading off to New York and attending Julliard. Batiste and his Stay Human Band play jazz but filter it through an accessible modern sensibility that includes funk, pop, R&B and rock. Batiste is known to rock just about any type of instrument, and he specializes in harmonaboard (often called melodica). His band, which is as likely to break down a Roberta Flack ballad as a Louis Armstrong blues piece, includes Juilliard pals Eddie Barbash on alto sax, Ibanda Ruhumbika on tuba and Joe Saylor on the drums. Tickets for these shows are going quickly.

8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, Vanderhoef Studio Theatre, UC Davis. Tickets: $19-$47. Information: , (866)754-2787.

Fugard drama

Chris Lamb and James Wheatley star in the new Celebration Arts production of the latest Athol Fugard drama, “The Train Driver.” In the two-man story, a desperate train engineer searches for the grave of the homeless woman he accidentally killed when she stepped out in front of the locomotive he was operating.

At Celebration Arts Theatre, 4469 D St., Sacramento. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through April 19. Tickets $13-$15. All seats $8 on Thursday nights. Information: (916) 455-2787,

Laughs in midtown

The Sacramento Comedy Spot begins its 2nd Annual 48-Hour Comedy Marathon at 8 tonight in midtown. The marathon runs continuously through 8 p.m. Sunday. Many of the Comedy Spot’s regular acts will perform, including the Anti-Cooperation League, Brian Crall’s Fresh Five, Robert Berry’s retroCRUSH Variety Show, and a Celebrity Edition of “I Challenge You!” All-access passes are $30, individual shows $5-$12 and voluntary donations for the performers.

Sacramento Comedy Spot, 1050 20th St., Suite 130, Sacramento. Information: (916) 444-3137,

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