Review: Little Shop of Horrors at Sutter Street Theatre

Showtimes: Fri 8pm, Sat 8pm, Sun 4pm; Through 9/29; $15-$21; Sutter Street Theatre, 717 Sutter St., Folsom; (916) 353-1001;
Rated 4.0

Sutter Street Theatre's impressive off-Broadway series continues with Little Shop of Horrors.

When Seymour (Caiden Falco) discovers an alien plant, his world changes overnight. He's overjoyed that he's gained the attention of his beautiful co-worker, Audrey (Heather Clark), but soon discovers that the plant has an unusual appetite for human flesh and blood. If Seymour wants his success in business and his personal life to continue, he must find a way to feed the increasingly bloodthirsty creature.

The most outstanding vocals came from someone whose face is never seen on stage: William Schmidt as the plant, Audrey II. Schmidt's powerful vibrato and perfectly terrifying laughter are nothing short of astonishing.

Clark makes a brilliant return to performing after a six-year-gap. Her portrayal of the timid young Audrey with dreams of suburban living and a “sweet little guy” is captivating and pure. Falco and Erik Dahl (Orin) demonstrate strong vocal integrity and confidence, while Kierra Benton (Ronette), Diamyn Devin Colter (Crystal), Isabella Donato (Chiffon) and Chelsea Henderson (Sherelle) support the show throughout with their sweet harmonies and swinging hips. Puppetry for the growing alien plant is masterfully executed by Kyle Missman.

Although the sound quality could be clearer, it does not distract from the overall performance.

Folsom's intimate theater has hatched a delightfully dark and creepy show full of laughter and musical toe-tapping numbers.