The Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park is currently running a delightful, and yummy dark comedy “The Little Shop of Horrors” and proclaiming a message to all gardeners that feeding plants could be hazardous to your health and safety. This story is based on the screenplay by Charles Griffith and under the Direction Of Bill Fennelly.
The story takes place in a run-down urban neighborhood where life is hard, hopeless and with despair. Mr. Mushnik runs a struggling floral shop that is going to have close due to low sales. He has two employees Seymour and Audrey. Seymour is a young slightly geeky floral worker who Mr. Mushnik is mean to. Audrey suffers with poor self-image and just like Seymour has limited economic prospects. She dates a highly abusive dentist who likes inflicting pain. Seymour has a crush on her but doesn’t believe she will go for him. However, their prospects start to brighten, and all their dreams are in reach as Seymour grows and takes care of a highly unusual plant. Seymour trades all ethics in return for all his fantasies almost like a deal with the devilish plant.
The cast of this production are all highly talented having had success in many regional and national productions.
Seymour is played by Nick Cearley is the perfect anti-hero that you want cheer in his deeds. He is above the mark.
Orin the evil dentist played by Jamison Stern is animation and encompassing.
Audrey is performed by Gino Milo she is excellent at counterbalancing all the men around her.
The show runs until February 19, more information can be found on http://www.cincyplay.com it is a very lively performance you don’t miss out.