Little Shop of Horrors | Stage 773 | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Little Shop of Horrors Member Picks The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: April 9-11 and Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through May 27 2012

I have a soft spot for Howard Ashman and Alan Menken's Little Shop of Horrors, owing to childhood memories of belting out "Suddenly Seymour" with my older sister (whose interpretation of love interest Audrey was vastly inferior to mine, by the way). I doubt that our parents would've allowed us to see Street Tempo Theatre's take on the show. Directors Brian Posen and Kory Danielson emphasize the grisliness over the comedy in this 1982 musical based on a Roger Corman movie about a nebbishy florist and his man-eating Venus flytrap. The skid-row setting looks legitimately dicey here, and the plant is represented by a snarling, ass-kicking Candace Edwards. Sometimes the directors try too hard to be edgy, but their approach is admirably bold and never boring. —Zac Thompson

Price: $15-$38


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