The residents of Avenue Q take you in and make you part of the ‘family’. What an enjoyable evening with friends!
Let’s talk about the Theatre so I can get into the Show…
I can’t stress it enough… the Gielgud Theatre is a beautiful theatre… classic, the way a theatre should be… with comfortable seats which is a must when sitting for any length of time. Staff were very friendly and kind! The only negative comment I would have is that it was pretty warm (and quite a few people commented on that or you could see them fanning themselves).
Now… to the show…
Be prepared to have a good evening (or afternoon) when you go to Avenue Q. It’s almost like an adult version of Sesame Street or The Muppets. The characters are cute and you can relate to them. The actors were awesome! There were 7 all together with only 4 of them handled the puppets. Their expressions and movements matched that of the puppets so it’s not like they were just controlling the non-human characters but were part of them. The humans and puppets interacted well and it was like they were genuine friends in a New York neighborhood. The voices, the singing, the movements… marvellous! And the band… well… hats off to them. The music was funtastic! For the most part (or most what I remember), it was happy, upbeat music. And, of course, I sang the theme song all the way home. The set was great! It’s amazing what can be done with such a seemingly small area. You can see the thought and effort behind the most minor of details that added to the show. Kudos to those behind the scenes that helped make it all happen.
The commonality between the characters is ‘it sucks to be me’. It is an honest look at life in a comedic light (because if we don’t laugh, we’ll cry – right!). It touches base on every aspect of life… touches base on real issues: graduating from university and not being able to find a job, unemployment or not being able to do the thing you love, dreams, bills/money problems, relationships between friends and between lovers, how everyone is a little racist, an honest look how we laugh at minor misfortunes of others, growing up (and not wanting to), broken hearts, homosexuality, marriage, the internet, porn on the internet (poor Trekkie – the perverted monster who actually has a kind soul), the ‘purpose’ in life, how giving makes you feel good, how our ‘bad idea bears’ influence our thinking, suicide, and yes… even religion.
This show hits on it all and will make you laugh… perhaps you’ll relate to some or all of it! I know I related to the scene between Christmas Eve and Kate Monster how your husband (or the person you love) can drive you crazy yet it’s worth it. It was like, ‘oh my God, I’ve felt that!’ in reference to wanting to hit your spouse with something out of frustration!
There are some touching moments, too! You could hear the crowd sigh when Princeton touched Kate Monster’s cheek at a tender moment.
The words in the dialogue, songs and on the screens were perfectly chosen. Bravo to the whole company. No wonder it continues to be a success.
Warning: This show is not suitable for kids. There is swearing and nudity (yeah, believe it or not… nude puppets)! Although it may be cute like Sesame Street, it has adult content. Having said that, I must say that the swearing wasn’t as bad as what I had anticipated and the sex scenes were… well, I guess I wasn’t expecting any so they were surprisingly realistic or descriptive. But, that is part of life, as well, so I guess you have to go with the flow and take it all in stride.
The patrons all seemed to enjoy themselves. I know I certainly did. Well done! That is one show I would go and see again! Congrats, Avenue Q! Keep up the great work!
by Ann Kamran (stagetalk.co.uk)