‘Avenue Q’ not for everyone — but definitely for me

4 May

I finally saw “Avenue Q” last night! I say “finally” because I’ve “almost” gone to see it a handful of times before, so I feel like the build-up has been intense.

The verdict: Totally worth the wait.

In case you’ve never heard of it, “Avenue Q” is a musical starring humans and puppets. But these aren’t neighbors of Big Bird and Snuffy … more like Hugh Hefner and Lil Wayne. “Q” is peppered with curse words, a sex scene between puppets and songs with titles like “You Can Be As Loud As the Hell You Want (When You’re Making Love)” and “Everyone’s A Little Bit Racist.”

Avenue Q is literally an avenue, but in terms of “niceness” it’s a bit below Avenue A, B, C, D … So, basically, it’s a slum with some obviously colorful characters, like Gary Coleman the landlord and Trekkie Monster the resident perv.

Somehow, “Q” manages to be heartfelt and oddly poignant in the midst of the sex and dirty talk. Yes, some folks were seen leaving at key moments in the plot, but I’d go ahead and say that’s the making of a fine theater show.

These two tunes were my favorites in the show. If you’re easily offended, please don’t bother listening to them. Seriously. Don’t listen. If you have a dirty sense of humor, however, play on!

“The Internet is for Porn”

“You Can Be As Loud As the Hell You Want (When You’re Making Love)”

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2 Responses to “‘Avenue Q’ not for everyone — but definitely for me”

  1. Stephanie May 5, 2010 at 9:53 am #

    It’s coming to Peoria too, so I’ve been seeing commercials….God help the parents that think it’s a kid show and bring their children…..oh dear heavens….

  2. Snap, Crackle, Pop May 5, 2010 at 9:58 am #

    1) Go see it — you’ll love it.

    2) If parents have never heard of it, and assuming they do any research at all, they’ll figure out it’s not for kids: http://www.avenueq.com/about.html. Most stories and signs around town indicated “For mature audiences only,” too. Hence the eye roll/giggle when people walked out — dude, you were warned.

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