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click to enlarge Michael Mahler and Audrey II

Michael Mahler and Audrey II

Johnny Knight

Little Shop of Horrors 

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through June 26 2016
Price: $29-$39
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Howard Ashman and Alan Menken’s 1982 musical is so cleverly, efficiently, and tunefully written that a quarter of it can get glossed over—as it does in this American Blues Theater revival—and you’ve still got a good show. Director Jonathan Berry unwisely transplants an early 60s Skid Row, where lifelong schmuck Seymour finds fame, fortune and ultimate ruin nursing a bloodthirsty, soul-singing alien plant, to the late 60s, making the show’s sly Kennedy-era naiveté feel incongruous. And despite some missing essentials (Mr. Mushnik, who’s mistreated Seymour since boyhood, is never mean), Austin Cook’s nearly faultless musical direction more than compensates. So does Dara Cameron’s effortlessly heartbreaking performance as Seymour’s love interest, Audrey. Her singularly poignant rendition of “Somewhere That’s Green” is one for the ages. Justin Hayford

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