Review: Alhambra’s ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ is a scream

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The Alhambra has done it again.

Featuring a sassy, talking plant; catchy, doo-wop-style tunes; and a hilarious cast, the Alhambra Theatre & Dining production of “Little Shop of Horrors” has all the ingredients of must-see musical comedy.

The second show of the Alhambra’s 51st season, “Little Shop” follows the story of Seymour Krelborn, a poor and timid floral assistant at Mushnik’s Skid Row Florists. After discovering an intriguing and mysterious plant, which he names Audrey II after his coworker crush, Seymour puts Mushnik’s on the map and begins to make a name for himself, as well. Conflict arises, however, as Audrey II’s ever-increasing appetite grows more and more ominous, and Seymour is forced to choose between his conscience and his newfound fame and fortune.

“Little Shop,” based on the low-budget 1960 film “The Little Shop of Horrors,” satirizes many things, including science fiction, comedy, musical theater and the all-female singing groups of the 1960s. The show frequently pokes fun at itself through its deliberate use of melodrama, outrageous characters and an outlandish plot, leaving the audience no choice but to laugh.

The standout performance of the night belonged to Daniel Robert Sullivan for his portrayal of the sadistic dentist Orin Scrivello, Audrey’s cruel and abusive boyfriend. Sullivan’s ability to take such a vile character and make him the subject of pure comedy is impressive. Truthfully, whenever he opened his mouth, the audience would collapse into hysterics. Likewise, his remarkable talent for changing characters at the drop of a hat also deserves recognition.

“Little Shop of Horrors” will continue its run at the Alhambra Theatre & Dining through March 25. Experience the hilarity while you can.

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