ON STAGE DAYTON REVIEW: Little Shop of Horrors (Playhouse South)

Cari Meixner and Desmond Thomas

Terrific vocalists Desmond Thomas and Cari Meixner are the absolutely delightful beacons of Playhouse South’s decent “Little Shop of Horrors,” set in the 1950s on Skid Row and written in 1982 by composer Alan Menken and lyricist-librettist Howard Ashman based on the 1960 film of the same name. Under the direction of Jenni Cypher, Thomas, a nice case for non-traditional casting, and Meixner, so kind and touching, were born to play ill-fated lovebirds Seymour and Audrey, florist shop co-workers whose affection for each other grows as big as the infamously blood-thirsty plant Audrey II … [Read more...]



ON STAGE DAYTON REVIEW: 100 Saints You Should Know (Dayton Theatre Guild)

(l to r): Barbara Jorgensen, Maximillian Santucci, Alex Carmichal, Katrina Kittle, Corinne Engber in 100 Saints You Should Know (Photo by Craig Roberts)

Kate Fodor’s darkly comedic 2007 character study “100 Saints You Should Know,” currently receiving a fine regional premiere at the Dayton Theatre Guild, brings faith, faithlessness and forgiveness to the forefront in an engaging and compelling fashion under the delicate direction of Ellen Finch. Alex Carmichal, who left an indelible impression earlier this season as the titular villain of the Dayton Playhouse’s production of “Dracula,” brings understated potency to his excellently conflicted portrayal of Father Matthew McNally, the play’s centerpiece. Grappling with unmentionable desires … [Read more...]