Monday, May 5, 2008

Avenue Q, or How the Internet is for Porn!

Avenue Q

Jonathan Root, Nicholas Kohn, Sarah Stiles, Christian Anderson, Ann Sanders, Rashidra Scott & Jennifer Barnhart

Offensive puppets. Do I really need to say anything else? This Sesame Street meets South Park meets Broadway show is a gem. Everything from the politically inappropriate jokes, to the hysterically offensive lyrics is a great. I particularly loved the way the puppets are used both as a premise for a Sesame St parody, but also makes for great lines ["I find green pubes in my shower and I asking, is this pubes mine? No!"] and great jokes [Like Ricky and Nicky looking alike at the end of the show]. Overall, this show bristles with a certain spunk and originality that one rarely encounters outside of HBO/Showtime TV - it'd be rated R (especially when we get countdowns from Five Night Stands, Four Night Stands, Three Night Stands Two Night Stands... One Night Stands!)
So how offensive is it, really? I just need to offer you some lyrics to prove it:
[From 'Schadenfreude']:

GARY AND NICKY: Schadenfreude!
GARY COLEMAN: People taking pleasure in your pain!
NICKY: Oh, Schadenfreude, huh? What's that, some kinda Nazi word?
GARY COLEMAN: Yup! It's German for "happiness at the misfortune of others!"
NICKY: "Happiness at the misfortune of others." That is German!

- Puppet-sex. It doesn't get better than that, really.
- Christmas Eve's wedding dress (and y'know, her entire character... what beats hearing someone tell you that "the more you ruv someone, the more he make you cly"? Nothing)
- The fact that there's a song that's called "What do you do with a BA in English" which I've loved ever since I got the soundtrack years ago, but loved even more on stage.
- "It sucks to be me!"

- The puppets: how amazing is the cast to be able to sing, dance, act and still maintain (puppet) character? Kudos in particular to Ms Stiles for maintaining a conversation between Kate Monster and Lucy the Slut.

Overall Grade: A


Vance said...

and don't forget, everybody's a little bit racist!

Vance said...

okay that's weird. I just turned on my iPod and "Everyone's a little bit racist" came on 1st in random shuffle...

4390 songs and that comes on first? spooooky...

Manuel B said...

Lol that's actually hilarious. It's like the Gay Gods were reading on our conversation.