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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

"Little Shop of Horrors" @ Broadway Rose Theatre Company

The first word that comes to mind to describe "Little Shop of Horrors" is "fun." There are plenty of shows that are fun, but "Little Shop" just seems to be overflowing it; it's fun to watch, and it looks really fun for the performers. And yet, elements of it are really dark-- the ending of the film version was famously changed after focus groups reacted with intense negativity....

 Portland-area theatres seem to be getting into the ghoulish spirit of Halloween. We've had the cannibalistic "Sweeney Todd" at Portland Center Stage, and now the saga of Seymour and the Man-Eating Plant Audrey II in "Little Shop of Horrors" at Tigard's Broadway Rose.

"Little Shop" is the first show I've seen at Broadway Rose's New Stage Auditorium and like the theatre's other auditorium on the campus of Tigard High School, the New Stage has excellent wheelchair-seating....

"Little Shop of Horrors" has a characteristic that is unusual in shows--one of its biggest roles is played by an unseen actor, the voice of Audrey II, and lets just say that Jerrod Neal chews more than scenery.

Rebecca Teran makes Audrey's sweetness believable and her voice is excellent. Brian Debmar Jones plays Orin the dentist with um, appropriate menace. 

Don't miss this show, it runs from now until Oct. 21, and several dates have sold-out....

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