From the Desk of Jim R, Take 2, Column 212, A Review: "Little Shop of Horrors" (ACT of CT)

James V. Rucco, Connecticut Critics Circle




"Les Miserables"

"My Fair Lady"

It is often said that musical theatre is the best medicine in the world. If that is true, "Little Shop of Horrors" at ACT of CT, is prescription ready, matinee or evening, as the best laughter-generating medicine to cure what ails you, get your pulse racing and blow you out of the ballpark with some really spectacular, jaunty theatrical euphoria.


This is one of those musicals that is not only full of surprising and joyful moments, but given ACT's upclose, intimate space, its classy, inventive, high-tech theatrics, its impeccably timed turntable configurations and its dynamic sound, set, lighting and costuming design team, it's impossible not to be swept away by this gleeful, wicked, high-spirited sci-fi horror romp.

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Pillow Talking’s Review of LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS

Wayne Keeley and Stephanie Lyons-Keeley, Connecticut Critics Circle

He Said:

I am not certain of many things in life, but I am absolutely 100% positive that Roger Corman, the pope of pop cinema, the low-budget king, the producer who gave people like Francis Ford Coppola, Jack Nicholson, Martin Scorsese, and countless others their start (he would tell then “Do a good job now and you’ll never have to work for me again”), never would have thought his 1960 black-and-white dark comedy, Little Shop of Horrors, would become a major part of his legacy as a theatrical musical.

With book and lyrics by Howard Ashman and a stunning rock musical score by Alan Menken, Little Shop of Horrors, The Musical has had an unbelievable run on Broadway, Off-Broadway, Off-Off Broadway, as well as community and regional theatres. I remember seeing it when it first premiered in the early 80s, Off-Off Broadway in a dive of a black box theatre. At the end of the show, streamers rained down from the light grid with pasted black-and-white photos of Audrey II’s victims. Watching the ending of A Contemporary Theatre of Connecticut’s (ACT) version and its stylish staging where the victims and Audrey II move out towards the front row of the audience section, I thought about how far we had come in theatrical advancement since the 80s – and, similarly, how far the show has come from a technological standpoint as well.

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ACT’s production of “Little Shop of Horrors” is a spooky treat

Joanne Rochman, Hearst Media

Every October some theater or other offers a production of the musical “Little Shop of Horrors.” Like turkey goes with Thanksgiving, “Little Shop” goes with the Halloween season. This year, ACT of Connecticut is the first to produce the show and it is not like any other “Little Shop” you’ve ever seen. For starters, this one features a set that is so amazing that it deserves its own curtain call. No other theater has ever created a set like this. The famous Mushnik Flower Shop is center stage, but this center stage rotates. However, it is not the only building on the Skid Row block. There are dark alleys where you will find a homeless man sleeping under a pile of rags or a woman of the night strutting her stuff under a streetlight and then walking near an overflowing trash can before walking down a dark alleyway. Ryan Howell’s set envelopes the perfect atmosphere for this spooky comic musical.

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Stu on Broadway: Review of "Little Shop of Horrors"

Stuart Brown, Connecticut Critics Circle

Just in time for the Halloween season, the musical Little Shop of Horrors is back with a highly enjoyable, thoroughly entertaining production at A Connecticut Theatre (ACT) in Ridgefield, CT.  The sci-fi spoof, centering on a rather large man-eating plant, is based on Roger Corman’s 1960 cult film classic...Little Shop of Horrors is a fun, tuneful show.  To be successful, flawless casting is essential and this production makes the mark.  All the principle actors take their roles to heart, delivering two hours of merriment, mayhem and songful pleasures.  

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Little Shop of Pleasures

Donald Brown, Connecticut Critics Circle

Halloween comes every year. And it seems like barely a year passes without Howard Ashman and Alan Menken’s Little Shop of Horrors playing somewhere in Connecticut, a theater perennial. And why not? The show is tuneful, kooky, creepy, and full of fun nostalgia for the ‘60s. The 1960 original was a Roger Corman quickie flick—and intentionally funny, unusual for Corman—with Jack Nicholson in a small part as an eager dental patient. The musical retains much the same plot and makes the prospect of a man-eating plant an excuse for macabre laughs, songs silly and infectious, and what at first appears to be a rags-to-riches, poor orphan boy makes good and gets the girl story. And that’s part of the attraction of the show: the way it all goes wrong!


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The Howard ~ Theater Review – “Little Shop of Horrors” ACT of CT- A Musical Treat

A review by Howard Steven Frydman, Connecticut Critics Circle

The Howard’s Exhale – “Little Shop of Horrors” – A Monster of a Musical Treat!

Hello my little Halloweenies – going Trick or Treating I see, if you are, than be like me and take the first broomstick you find, (I strongly suggest a Nimbus 2000), and head toward the bewitching New England township of Ridgefield, CT and their premiere theatrical venue – ACT – A Contemporary Theater of Connecticut and take in their “fab-boo-lous” first production of the 2019-2020 season –  the sci-fi rock musical comedy, “Little Shop of Horrors” – it’s a blast!

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