The Menken/Ashman musical Little Shop of Horrors has something for everyone: campy melodrama, big catchy musical numbers, and a fairly blistering take on capitalism and the joylessness of pursuing the American dream. Set in the early sixties but written in the Reagan era, the play is about Seymour (Jude Sandy) and Audrey (Rebecca Gibel), two submissive nobodies who physically suffer for monsters that can’t even pretend to love them. In her case it’s a creepy dentist (Stephen Thorne); in his it’s a plant from another planet. Directed by Tyler Dobrowsky, Trinity Rep’s current production has some laugh out loud moments and some clever surprises when alien plant Audrey II starts to grow. Flashy costumes make up for sound that’s sometimes muddy, a shame since the vocalists were all pretty stellar. All day I’ve been singing “Skid Row (Downtown),” the play’s geographic upending of the Crystals’ 1962 hit “Uptown.”
Even though it’s Easter, there are two shows, one at 2pm and one at 7:30.
The clip below is from a 1991 animated series called Little Shop. It’s unrelated to anything but very strange.