ACT of CT, Ridgefield: 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.
What works so well for this production is that even though the premise is a bit scary, especially for the children who accompany their parents to the show, there’s enough comedy to balance off the horrors created by the blood sucking, man-eating monster plant known as Audrey II.