Avenue Q Review – The Best Simulated Muppet Sex I have seen since I was in grade school

Avenue Q is not for everyone.  While most of the songs have an overall good message, like “Everyone’s just a little bit racist”, and “Sucks to be me” , other songs like “The Internet is for Porn” might not resonate with all theatre goers.  That said if you enjoy it, you will really enjoy it.  The songs are funny the Puppeteers are Quite talented.

An interesting thing about the presentation of the show is that you can see the puppeteers at all times.  You could easily watch this show twice once watching the puppets, and once watching the puppeteers who are easily as animated as the “actors” they control.

The Choreography to make this work is amazing.  Nicky who is a green version of Ernie is operated at most times by two puppeteers a guy and a girl.  And while Nicky’s Voice is always done by the guy, the girl has to match his steps and run Nicky’s mouth when the voice actor is doing conversations between Nicky, and Treky another of the monsters on Avenue Q.

The set is quite well done.  It combines a “Transforming” Street scene that unfolds to be the insides of apartments, and some Flat-screen TV’s that provide graphics in Sesame Street style lessons about Purpose, and One Night Stand.

Christmas Eve one of the few “Live” actors is the “Maria” of Avenue Q, a Japanese Woman working as a therapist with no clients.  She helps the various other characters through their “Newly Adult” issues, such as finding your purpose, landing a boy friend, and being gay (and landing a boyfriend).  But in a very un-Maria like way, she may be the most “grown up” emotionally, but she dresses like a J-pop idol in Pink Platform Sneakers and Pink Running suit, and later in a Wedding dress that screams Christmas Tree, not Christmas Eve.

Avenue Q is equal opportunity when it comes to offending the people in the crowd, there are Jewish jokes, and Asian Jokes, and Pollock Jokes, and well there aren’t any white jokes, with the possible exception that there is a Dig at Germans all being Nazi’s.

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You Can get Tickets to Avenue Q which is likely to be on tour near you:

SAN DIEGO
6/30 – 8/5/07
The Old Globe at
The Spreckels Theatre
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SAN FRANCISCO

8/7 – 9/2/07
THE ORPHEUM
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LOS ANGELES
9/4 – 10/14/07
THE AHMANSON
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TUCSON
10/16 – 10/21/07
MUSIC HALL
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HOUSTON
10/23 – 11/4/07
HOBBY CENTER
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DES MOINES
11/13 – 11/18/07
CIVIC CENTER
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KANSAS CITY
11/9 – 11/11/07
THE BENEDUM
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PITTSBURGH

11/20 – 11/25/07
THE BENEDUM
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WASHINGTON DC
THE NATIONAL
11/27 – 12/9/07
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BALTIMORE
12/11 – 12/23/07
THE HIPPODROME
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MINNEAPOLIS
1/1 – 1/13/08
THE STATE
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CLEVELAND
1/15 – 1/27/08
THE PALACE
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PHILADELPHIA
1/29 – 2/10/08
THE FOREST
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ST. LOUIS
2/12 – 2/24/08
THE FOX
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MILWAUKEE
2/26 – 3/2/08
MARCUS PAC
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ROCHESTER
3/4 – 3/9/08
AUDITORIUM THEATRE
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BOSTON
3/11 – 3/23/08
COLONIAL THEATRE
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ATLANTA

3/25 – 3/30/08
THE FOX
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TAMPA

4/1 – 4/6/08
TAMPA BAY PAC
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COLUMBUS

4/8 – 4/13/08
THE PALACE THEATRE
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EAST LANSING

4/15 – 4/20/08
WHARTON CENTER
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LOUISVILLE
4/22 – 4/27/08
THE PALACE
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BUFFALO
4/29 – 5/4/08
SHEA’S BUFFALO
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RALEIGH
5/6 – 5/11/08
PROGRESS ENERGY CENTER
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MIAMI

5/13 – 5/18/08
CARNIVAL CENTER
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SEATTLE
6/10 – 6/22/08
THE PARAMOUNT
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PORTLAND
6/24 – 6/29/08
KELLER AUDITORIUM
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FT. WORTH
7/8 – 7/13/08
BASS PAC
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GREENVILLE
7/15 – 7/20/08
PEACE CENTER
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CHARLOTTE
7/22 – 7/27/08
BELK PAC
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TORONTO
7/29 – 8/31/08
THE ELGIN
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