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Little Shop of Horrors, by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken
Very enjoyable
Friday, April 4, 2008
4.5
I had the pleasure of seeing LSOH on Easter Sunday. It was the first time I had ever seen it, and had never seen the movie either. Therefore I did not come into the theatre with any expectation of previous performances or to make comparisons to any other production.

That being said, I thoroughly enjoyed the show. I know a couple of folks in the show, but have tried not to let that influence my review. They all know me well enough so that I do not have to say something I do not believe to appease them.

I felt the "Greek Chorus" girls ensemble was precious in every way (singing, acting and dancing), so much so that I was not busy looking at their footwear or wondering why the costumer chose those particular dresses for them. I guess I'm just naive enough to just "go with it" and enjoy it. Same goes for the wrong period choices. If I went to be a critic like Dedalus, I would bitch and moan about those things. That is his job, not mine. I went to be entertained. (That's why I usually go to see a show.)

The black box space worked for this show, and the use of the revolving flower shop was clever. I did not notice any noise when the set piece moved. Maybe it was quieter by the time I saw it. I also did not have an issue with a misplaced speaker for Audrey II's voice if that was still true on Easter.

I thought the principals were well-suited for their roles, especially Seymour and Audrey. What fantastic and strong voices Reed and Lora have! They had good chemistry throughout the show. Overall the musical direction and band were right on in my opinion.

Jason did a fine job portraying so many characters, particularly the Dentist. I thought that Patrick voiced the plant very much in character with what I thought a person-eating plant should sound like (LOL).

Even though the largest plant puppet itself was a little "worse for wear," I decided to overlook the little tears and the lack of masking when I could see a little too much inside the plant. And yes, it was a little close for the plant and the performers, but what the hell are you going to do when the plant is almost as big as the shop? I let that old "suspension of belief" take over and again "just went with the flow." I wanted to mention the plant puppeteer and the fine job he did. I'm sure that was a challenge.

Don't expect perfection, but if you do expect to be entertained, this is the ticket for you. See it before it's gone!

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