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Go Ahead, Feed The Plants: Slow Burn’s Fine Farewell To Boca

Mike Westrich as Seymour comforts Amy Miller Brennan as Audrey in front of the human-eating Audrey II (Rick Pena is probably inside) in Slow Burn Theatre Company’s Little Shop of Horrors (Photo by Gemma Bramham)

Mike Westrich as Seymour comforts Amy Miller Brennan as Audrey in front of the human-eating Audrey II (Rick Pena is probably inside) in Slow Burn Theatre Company’s Little Shop of Horrors (Photo by Gemma Bramham)

By Bill Hirschman, FloridaTheaterOnStage.com, Special to EyesOnNews.com, June 19, 2015 – Okay, everybody dies and the world is taken over by human-eating aliens, but Slow Burn Theatre Company’s Little Shop of Horrors delivers a happy ending to its five-year partnership with West Boca Community High School.

The once-fledgling, now highly-acclaimed troupe got its first break with low-cost space from the school on the edge of the Everglades in February 2010 when it mounted Bat Boy. Beginning next fall, it will operate out of the slightly smaller but plusher and more lushly equipped Amaturo Theatre at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale.

But to say goodbye, a grateful Slow Burn has delivered a kick-butt production of the not-so-cult-anymore musical hoot. The satire has been on the bucket list of several people in the company for years including director/choreographer Patrick Fitzwater. Their enthusiasm pours off the stage as evidenced by Mike Westrich’s near perfect rendition of the Everynebbish protagonist Seymour Krelborn.

But we ought to put this next in boldface: The don’t-miss aspect is indisputably the powerhouse and poignant performance of Amy Miller Brennan as the battered wistful heroine Audrey.

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