‘Little Shop of Horrors’ at Black Box through October 29

Rachel Courtney
This photograph by Rachel Courtney is part of the exhibit at thetheatregallery during the run of the show “Little Shop of Horrors.”
No Strings Theatre Company presents “Little Shop of Horrors” running October 6 through October 29. The musical, music by Alan Menken and book by Howard Ashman, directed by Diane Thomas, is a deviously delicious smash which has become one of the most popular shows in the world. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm., Sunday matinees on October 15, 22, and 29 at 2:30 p.m. and Thursday, October 19, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 regular admission, $12 students and seniors over 65, and all seats on Thursday are $10. Reservations can be made by calling 523-1223.

Art exhibition

thetheatregallery at the Black Box Theatre is joining in the October Ramble with an invitational exhibit to accompany “Little Shop of Horrors” by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken directed by Diane Thomas which opening at 8 p.m.on Ramble night, Friday, October 6.

Artists in thetheatregallery exhibit are painters Irene Steele, Mary Zawacki, and Flo Hosa Doughtery; fabric artists Abby Osborne, Ann Angelo, and Joan Jensen; weaver Marilyn Hansen, ceramic artists Lesli Zerr and Joe Angelo; and photographer Rachel Courtney.

Shakespeare in a hurry
No Strings Theatre Company and Tim Mooney Repertory Theatre present “Breakneck Julius Caesar” at 2:30 p.m. and “Breakneck Hamlet,” at 8 p.m. at the Black Box Theatre on October 8. Tickets are $15 regular admission and $12 students and seniors over 65. Reservations can be made by calling 523-1223.

“Breakneck Hamlet” is “recklessly sliced” from Shakespeare’s original, cutting what is usually a four-hour play down to a single hour with a single actor. Mooney’s “breakneck performance” reveals Hamlet as a thrilling chameleon, with an immense intellectual capacity and a hilarious, wicked sense of humor. Rather than the usual melancholy Dane, Mooney’s Hamlet fights like hell throughout, with barely a second-long pause through the entire performance.

“Breakneck Julius Caesar” is “The greatest thing since sliced Caesar!” Tim Mooney cuts away two hours of asides, diversions and blind alleys, stripping away just the right number of extraneous “trees” to reveal the essential “forest” of Shakespeare’s great historical tragedy in this one-man, one-hour romp. Mooney bridges Shakespeare’s original language with ongoing narration and wise-guy commentary that keeps the audience in the story with just enough background to understand how this play must have looked to Elizabethan eyes.