“Little Shop of Horrors” a co-production of ACT and the 5th Avenue Theatres

All you gardeners out there be wary of any plant that seems to demand too much fertilizer, especially if that fertilizer is blood! Poor innocent Seymour, the hapless assistant at Mushnik’s floundering skid row flower shop, he thought he had a real prize in the remarkable plant he nurtured. Little did he know the plant was a monster with a prodigious appetite! It never met a person it couldn’t digest.

This joint production of “Little Shop of Horrors” directed by Bill Berry is a rollicking, pure fun fairy tale where Audrey, a sweet young innocent, badly treated by a monster who happens to be a dentist (the properly mean and scary David Anthony Lewis), is rescued by the pathetic Seymour. Ah, life’s losers, there are enough of them here to make us all feel terribly satisfied with our own lives.

The production includes a lively cast led by Joshua Carter as Seymour and the lovely, talented and oh so naive Jessica Skerritt as Audrey. The ever reliable Jeff Steitzer plays Mushnik, the flower shop owner who eventually becomes plant food. Special mention must be made of the three back-up singers who provide lively musical commentary throughout the production. Nicole Rashida Prothro, Alexandria Henderson, and Naomi Morgan are simply wonderful. With well-blended voices and terrific energy they waltz in and out, up and down the stage adding the right tongue-in-cheek touch to this campy exercise.

Kudos to the puppet masters who have created and voiced that monstrous plant, lovingly named Audrey II after you know who.

It’s interesting to know that this began as a Roger Corman horror movie, then transmogrified into an off-Broadway hit before becoming a movie in 1986. It’s silly; it’s preposterous; it’s good fun.

Through June 15 at ACT 700 Union St. Seattle, (206 292-7676 or www.acttheatre.org)

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