Time Out New York Review: The Plant That Ate Dirty Socks


The Plant That Ate Dirty Socks | Time Out New York

ust as successful children’s shows once spawned junior versions of themselves—think Muppet Babies and Tiny Toon Adventures—so, perhaps, are musical-theater favorites ready for their own era of kid-size knockoffs. This is what comes to mind while watching Joe Iconis’s sweetly likable The Plant That Ate Dirty Socks, in which a pair of dorky boys come into possession of mysterious, ravenous, quickly growing houseplants with highly unusual appetites. If the set-up sounds familiar, that’s because it is: The show is essentially Li’l Little Shop of Horrors, with sullied hosiery subbing in for too, too solid flesh. One looks forward to future efforts in this line: May I suggest Sweeney Toddler?

Meanwhile, Iconis’s show—adapted from a book by Nancy McArthur and presented free of charge by TheatreworksUSA—has the stuff to keep kids and their guardians well entertained.

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