Avenue Q. Where else would you get lyrical gems like this?
“It sucks to be me”
“If you were gay, that’d be okay”
“The Internet is for porn”
“I’m Gary Coleman!”
If the sheer hilarity of these quotes didn’t convince to you check out the show at the Cobb Energy Centre before it leaves town Sunday night, you need to check your pulse.
The Tony-winning show (which somehow survived closing on Broadway and managed to swing a majorly successful tour AND a rebirth Off-Broadway) features puppets with attitude. It’s as if Atlanta’s Lucky Yates developed and produced a puppet show ready for a prime-time audience of teens and adults seeking their own “purposes.”
Other than both being entertaining, Avenue Q and Spring Awakening are similar in only one way: neither is for kids. You may see the Sesame Street-style puppets (although I need to mention, for legal reasons, that these are NOT Sesame Street puppets) and think it’s a good idea to bring your 5-year-old, but you’ll need to leave the kids at home for this show. My brother just turned 14 and had been waiting 4 years to be old enough to see the show. I finally convinced my mother to allow me to take him this round, and some of it was still a little raunchy for him.
Narrative nutshell: Puppet Princeton moves to Avenue Q, a Skid Row-y street in New York, bright-eyed, bushy-tailed, and fresh out of college. (“What DO you do with a B.A. in English?”) Soon, stone-cold reality slaps him in his furry face as he finds himself jobless, single, broke, and depressed. Seeking his purpose in life, Princeton runs across a whole host of different but oddly similar folks from the neighborhood, who initially argue about who’s life sucks most but end up discovering that they are all in the same shitty, sinking boat, so they might as well enjoy themselves.
Recommend, recommend, recommend this show. The cast is stellar and lots of fun, and the songs really can’t be beat. You don’t have to be a musical theater buff to love this show – you just have to identify with life’s average struggles. And puppets. That helps.
Get your tickets here and use TravelZoo code MACYS (under Promotions and Specials) to BOGO free. Don’t say I never gave you anything!
Get there before it closes May 23rd.