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Review: Little Shop Of Horrors At Pieter Toerien Theatre

I have something terrible to admit. Before going to the show earlier this week, I had never watched the Little Shop Of Horrors. Eek! I know. It’s bad. For those who don’t know, Seymour Krelborn is a nerdy orphan working at Mushnik’s, a flower shop in urban Skid Row. He harbors a crush on fellow co-worker Audrey Fulquard, and is berated by Mr. Mushnik daily. One day as Seymour is seeking a new mysterious plant, he finds a very mysterious unidentified plant which he calls Audrey II. The plant seems to have a craving for blood and soon begins to sing for his supper. Soon enough, Seymour feeds Audrey’s sadistic dentist boyfriend to the plant and later, Mushnik for witnessing the death of Audrey’s ex.

Now, the productions at Montecasino’s Pieter Toerien Theatre have been top class – and this was no exception. Firstly, the production is nothing without the Audrey II – and the puppet was amazing! From it’s early stages to being a fully grown plant, everything about the puppet was great. It’s ultimately the star of the show so I’m glad the production spent the money to make it brilliant.

The actors were really great as well! Candice Van Listenborgh was my favourite! She captured the character of Audrey so brilliantly. The cast was small and many had quite a few roles which could have been confusing but actually worked really nicely.

The show is great and I recommend everyone go watch it. I must say, however, that something was missing for me – and I don’t know what it is. There was just no feeling of ‘oh wow, that was brilliant!’ like I had after watching ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’. That being said, it’s weird because this production literally ticks all the boxes.

The production is showing at The Pieter Toerien Theatre at Montecasino until the 9th of August, 2015.

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