Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on September 2009

For its 113th year, the Tokyo International Players decided on a “dark-themed” season, with murder and mayhem in all the productions. First up for Japan’s longest-running expat theater troupe is the 1982 musical Little Shop of Horrors, about a hapless florist who happens to raise a plant that feeds on human blood. Jeremy Trigsted stars in the lead role in a production by Jonah Hagens, who promises an unconventional staging that starts with “a little gender bending” and goes on to “ignore the concept of race entirely.”

Little Shop of Horrors
The Tokyo International Players perform the hit rock horror musical spoof. Oct 8-11, various times, ¥2,500 (student)/¥4,000 (adv)/¥4,500 (door). Shinjuku Sun Mall Theater. http://www.tokyoplayers.org