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Little Shop of Horrors 

When: Sat., Jan. 9 2016
What with humankind's abuse of the vegetable world over recent decades — clear-cutting forests, chemically strangling our front yards, etc. — it's a wonder that plants haven't already attacked us in our sleep. After all, we tend to measure our progress as a civilization by the number of native botanical organisms we manage to plow under and pave over. It's enough to piss off even a mild-mannered ficus. Little Shop of Horrors, a musical comedy featuring a badass plant that lustily devours adults whole, accompanied by a cackling sadistic dentist and a volley of early 1960s rock music, should be an invigoratingly edgy experience — and welcome vengeance for photosynthetic friends of all stripes. The book and lyrics by Howard Ashman and the music by Alan Menken are as goofily endearing as ever. Seymour Krelbourn, a nebbishy florist's assistant in the grimy part of town, stumbles on a struggling little plant he names Audrey II, after the girl he loves. But once he pricks his finger and finds that Audrey II has an insatiable thirst for human blood, his life gets very complicated, as he must find new human takeouts for his fast-growing and voracious floral friend. Cleveland Play House's production of the play opens tonight at 7:30 at the Allen Theatre. Performances continue through Feb. 7. Tickets are $20 to $100. (Christine Howey)

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