ROBIN’S SHOW REVIEW: Avenue Q
It’s one of those shows that most of my friends thought I had seen already, being the theatre fan that I am. But, somehow, Avenue Q, escaped me.
This week, I enjoyed a somewhat rare girl’s night out, and went to see this long-running Off-Broadway Tony-Award winning hit.
Full of belly laughs, puppet sex (yup…you heard me), talented perfomers and catchy tunes, Avenue Q proved why it has staying power.
It tells the story of a recent college grad named PRINCETON who moves into a shabby apartment all the way out on Avenue Q. There, he meets KATE (the “monster” girl next door), LUCY (the slut), ROD (the gay Republican), TREKKIE (the pervert) and other colorful types who help PRINCETON finally discover his purpose in life. And would you believe the building’s superintendent is Gary Coleman?!? (Yes, that Gary Coleman (may he rest in peace.)
The cast does admirable double-duty, since most perform with the adorable puppets and even assume multiple roles….voices….personnas. No easy feat….try holding a puppet on your hand/arm for over two hours. But, they tough it out with aplomb, and the laughs are infectious.
Adults enjoy Avenue Q, but you may wonder if it’s appropriate for kids. Avenue Q is not suitable for young children because it blatantly addresses issues like sex, drinking, and surfing the web for porn. Teens would likely think it’s cool. But, as a parent, it’s up to your discretion.
Check out: http://avenueq.com/. With the code AQBLOG12, get tickets as low as $55! (Valid through 5/26/11) The code may be used at broadwayoffers.com, or on the phone or at the box office. Avenue Q is playng at New World Stages, 340 West 50th Street (between 8-9 avenues) in NYC.