Little Shop of Horrors – Review by Bonnie Goldberg

With sunshine, a weekly watering, a pinch of plant food, an occasional sprinkle of fertilizer, a few encouraging words and most plants are in a state of nirvana. But if your philodendron or ivy could talk, it might request some special tidbit for blooming pleasure. It definitely would if it’s a unique prickly variety hand cultivated in the skid row floral establishment, Mr.Mushnik’s Flower Shop, where one Seymour Krelbourn (Robb Sapp) works in the exotically entertaining “Little Shop of Horrors” by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken taking root at The ACT of Connecticut in Ridgefield until Sunday, November 3.

Love will motivate even the meekest of men to move mountains and molehills for their sweethearts, even if it means making a pact with a fiendish plant. In order for Seymour to woo and win Audrey (Laura Woyasz), the girl of his dreams who also works at Mushnik’s, he must supply “the plant” with its favorite growth elixir: human blood. As “the plant,” nicknamed Audrey II, flourishes and flowers, Seymour realizes what a money making monsterpiece he has created and the potential fame it can bring to his modest establishment. He also realizes that as “the plant” grows, so does its thirsty need for the red stuff and its cries of “feed me” echo louder and louder.

This Jack-in-the-Beanstalk and Venus Fly Trap combination conundrum grows right before your eyes and has a voice provided by Kent Overshown. Also starring in the show are the theater’s Artistic Director Daniel C. Levine reprising his role from Broadway as the mad dentist Orin and assorted others and Williams Thomas Evans as Mr. Mushnik, the shop owner. A whole flowerpot of singing and dancing, like a modern Greek chorus, are provided by Kadrea Dawkins, Ashley Alexandra Seldon and Rachelle Legrand. Jason A. Sparks directs and choreographs this production that originally opened on Broadway in 2003. Songs like “Suddenly Seymour,” “Somewhere That’s Green,” “Dentist!” and “Feed Me” propel the action as the plot thickens and people start to disappear.

For tickets ($57-72, with discounts for children and seniors), call ACT, 36 Old Quarry Road, Ridgefield at 475-215-5433 or online at Performances are Thursday at 7 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., and 2 p.m.

You don’t need a green thumb to enjoy “Little Shop of Horrors” but if Seymour offers you a Band-Aid run for the hills of Ridgefield as fast as you can.