Set on a mythical down-and-out New York City block, Avenue Q uses a cast of human and puppet characters to comically question the meaning of life—or, as the show puts it, finding one’s purpose. Armed with a B.A. in English, a puppet named Princeton arrives on Avenue Q and meets the neighbors: Brian, an out-of-work comedian, and his therapist fiancée, Christmas Eve; puppet roommates Nicky and Rod (a closeted Republican investment banker); puppet internet addict Trekkie Monster; Kate Monster, a cute puppet teaching assistant; and the building’s superintendent, Gary Coleman (portrayed by an African-American woman). As each character searches for his or her place in the world, the show hilariously skewers racism, careerism, dating, therapy and more.
The smartest, most perverse puppet show in town.Review by Nancy Sidewater from Entertainment Weekly
A thoroughly infectious musical that qualifies as a serious blessing.Review by Ben Brantley from The New York Times
What is Avenue Q Like?
Picture a grown-up episode of Sesame Street, with satirical songs (“It Sucks To Be Me”) and jokes replacing preschool-style banter. The actors remain visible at all times and mimic the action of their puppets, adding yet another level of humor. Avenue Q is fast-moving and laugh-packed, particularly for audiences willing to embrace its rebellious, politically incorrect spirit.
Is Avenue Q Good for Kids?
In spite of the presence of Henson-esque puppets, Avenue Q is not a children’s musical. Explicit language is used throughout, two of the puppet characters have sex onstage, one character wrestles with his sexuality and one dirty ditty declares, “The internet is for porn.” Older teenagers will enjoy the show because it tackles issues of growing up and leaving home, but parents should use discretion in deciding whether their kids are mature enough for Avenue Q.