ReVision Theatre, Asbury Park, NJ
Set Design: Clifton Chaddick
Costume Design: Sarah Maiorino
Lighting Design: Dan Jobbins
Pictured: Michael Linden, Rhiannon Hansen, Alex Michaels, Dayna Jarae Dantzler and Bradley Mott
The NJ Star-Ledger
With its extraordinary production of “Little Shop of Horrors,” ReVision Theatre is once again living up to its name.
Director Mary Catherine Burke has revised the 1982 musical camp classic in a subtle but distinct way. She’s done it without changing a word of Howard Ashman’s, or even a single note of Alan Menken’s rock-infused music.
Burke looks at one of the show’s characters in a markedly different way. Let’s leave it at that, lest the surprise be spoiled. But take it from someone who’s seen a sweet 16 productions of “Little Shop” since the show’s off-off Broadway debut in 1982: I’ve never encountered it done this way before. Chances are you haven’t, either.
This version of “Little Shop of Horrors” offers another bolt from the blue — or shall we say green?
The Upper Wet Side
Director Burke and choreographer Brad Landers keep things moving admirably on an often crowded stage, particularly in the big company number “Downtown” and the delicate dance of tangled telephone cords on “Call Back in the Morning.”