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“Little Shop of Horrors” 
May 25-June 24, Fridays and Saturdays 8 p.m., Sundays 2 p.m. Pay-what-you-can Thursdays, May 31 and June 7, 8 p.m.
Lakewood Playhouse, 5729 Lakewood Towne Center Blvd., Lakewood
A Lakewood Playhouse premiere; book by Howard Ashman, music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman. Based on the film by Roger Corman. Screenplay by Charles Griffith. Directed by Chris Serface, managing artistic director of Tacoma Little Theatre. Music direction by Zachary Kellog. Choreographed by Heather Covington Malroy. 

This is “a simple love story of a boy, a girl and a man-eating plant.” The meek floral assistant Seymour Krelborn stumbles across a new breed of plant he names Audrey II — after his co-worker crush. This foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore promises unending fame and fortune to the down and out Seymour as long as he keeps feeding it blood. Over time, though, Seymour discovers Audrey II’s out-of-this-world origins and intent towards global domination. This production is a Lakewood Playhouse premiere. Warning: This musical comedy is very true to the original film’s macabre sense of humor. The plant will devour many people and there is a very, very sadistic dentist who a monster too. The production features a cast of returning favorites:

[Most recent show at Lakewood Playhouse in brackets] Niclas Olson (Seymour) [“The Glass Menagerie”]; Jennifer Redston (Audrey); Tim McFarlan (Mushik) [“The Pirates of Penzance”]; William Johnson (Orin – A Dentist); Toni Nicole Bridges (Crystal); Brittany Griffins (Ronette) [“It’s A Wonderful Life”]; Joelle Craft (Chiffon); Eric Clausell (Audrey II) and James Wrede (Wino / Puppeteer) [“Peter & The Starcatcher”]. Info: www.LakewoodPlayhouse.org 

Macbeth
June 1-17, Fridays and Saturdays 7:30 p.m., Sundays 2 p.m., Pay-what-you-can Thursday, June 14, 7:30 p.m.
Tacoma Little Theater, 210 N. I St., Tacoma
Start your summer with Shakespeare and one of his best. Macbeth is a brave and loyal Thane to King Duncan. After hearing a prophecy that he will become king himself, Macbeth is overcome by ambition and greed. Bolstered by the prophecy and his wife’s encouragement, he kills King Duncan and takes the throne. Afterwards, Macbeth’s guilt, fear, and paranoia lead him to commit even more murders to secure his power. His confidence in the prophecies eventually leads to his downfall and he is overthrown and killed by those he has wronged. Jess Allan as Gentlewoman; Nicholas Anderson as Seyton; Rodman Bolek as Macduff; Ethan Bujeaud as Witch/Siward; Jonathan Hart as Porter/Second Murderer; Adrianna Littlejohn as Lady Macduff; Corbin McLaughlin as First Murderer/Whey Faced Lion; Kathryn Grace Philbrook as Lady Macbeth; Maddox Pratt as Ross; Kaylie Hussey as Witch (Mother); Laurice Roberts as Hecate/Doctor; Ben Stahl as Lennox; Jacob Tice as Malcolm; Dylan Twiner as Macbeth; Jackie VC as Witch; Jessica Weaver as Banquo; Dennis Worrell as Duncan and Kyle Yoder as Donalbain. Info: www.tacomalittletheatre.com. 

 “Building the Wall” 
Thursday, June 7, 7:30 p.m.
Tacoma Little Theater, 210 N. I St., Tacoma
Tacoma Little Theatre presents Richard Schenkkan’s politically charged, “Building the Wall,” directed by Randy Clark. Written in “a white heat” fury following the November 2016 election, Schenkkan’s “Building the Wall” imagines a dystopia impacted by President Trump’s border and immigration policies. It’s the near future and millions of undocumented immigrants have been detained in overflowing prisons. Now, a writer interrogates the director of a private prison as he awaits sentencing for carrying out the federal policy that has escalated into the unimaginable. This riveting and illuminating drama delivers a powerful warning and puts a human face on the inhuman, revealing how, when personal accountability is denied, what seems inconceivable becomes inevitable. “Building the Wall” features renowned actors Scott C. Brown and Ieisha McIntire. Tickets are $10 for non TLT members, and free for those who are members. There is a tremendous amount of wonderful theatre that deserves to be heard but sometimes just doesn’t get an opportunity. With “Off the Shelf,” local directors and actors will be bringing some scripts to life that you will find entertaining, challenging and educational to the TLT stage. Tickets may be purchased online at www.tacomalittletheatre.com, or by calling the box office at (253) 272-2281.

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