Have you ever stopped to think about why you are the way you are? Why you like things that verge on the macabre or why you have such a strange sense of humor? I do. Then I think back on my childhood and suddenly it all becomes pretty clear. And this week, a film I watched ad nauseum as a kid comes to the stage in Kildonan Park. Little Shop of Horrors opens at Rainbow Stage tomorrow night.
Picture this. It’s 1986. I’m 4 – so ostensibly it was a couple years later that my parents first showed me Little Shop of Horrors. From then on it was an annual tradition. A musical comedy about a man-eating plant from outer space and a sadistic dentist… What’s not to love?
In case you’re not familiar, Little Shop was originally a comedic horror film from 1960 featuring Jack Nicholson as “the masochist” who loves his visits to the dentist.
But the version I fell in love with stars Rick Moranis as the hapless Seymour and Steve Martin as the sadistic dentist. In this version Bill Murray play the masochist. So. Good.
So if you’re looking for something a little different, a little dark with a whole lotta laughs. Meet me in the park. I’ll be the one singing along and shouting “Feed Me”.