Our group, the “Peninsula Theatre Lovers,” attended the Sept. 17 performance of Paradise Theatre’s “Little Shop of Horrors,” a horror comedy rock musical.
We’ll never be able to look an exotic plant in the eye again without suspicion and trepidation. The production’s cast poured on the laugh-a-minute show in grand style. Their costumes were beyond perfect and the choreography would put Broadway to shame.
The set was masterfully contrived and the evolving Horror, the world-history-altering plant, literally consumed you ... if you got close enough.
“Little Shop of Horrors” will continue its run at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays through Oct. 8.
In the farce, meek floral assistant Seymour Krelborn stumbles across a new breed of plant he names “Audrey II” after his coworker on whom he has a crush. This plant proves to be a foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore which promises unending fame and fortune to the down and out Krelborn as long as he keeps feeding it. Over time, though, Seymour discovers Audrey II’s out-of-this-world origins and intent toward global domination!
“Horrors” is one of the longest-running off-Broadway shows.
The musical is performed in two acts with one intermission. Running time is two hours, including the intermission. It is not recommended for younger audiences, but when we were there, several youngsters were in attendance and showed no visible signs of being horrified.
Paradise Theatre is located at 3114 Judson Street, Gig Harbor.
Tickets, which can be purchased online at paradisetheatre.org, are $25 for adults, $18 for seniors/military and $10 for students.