Grown-up “Sesame Street.” “Rent” minus the AIDS. “Friends” with puppets. These are some of the things that have been used to describe Avenue Q, and they’re all true. What nobody ever fails to point out, however, is that the show is very, very fun to watch. Any show that comes with a parental advisory “Full Puppet Nudity” is bound to be fun.
The characters are twenty-something to early thirties college graduates trying to make their way in the adult world. Almost everyone can find something to respond to in the themes that the show tackles: relationships, careers, the search for purpose, the journey of self-discovery and self-acceptance.
Who hasn’t felt as Kate Monster did, as she sang oh-so-heart-breakingly,
“I guess if someone doesn’t love you back
it isn’t such a crime
But there’s a fine, fine line
and a waste of your time
And I don’t have the time to waste on you anymore
For my own sanity I’ve got to close the door
And walk away
Who hasn’t wallowed in self-pity and chose to mope around and hide from the world like Princeton did, when everything in his career and personal life seemed to be going wrong? All of us should have friends who would get us off our asses, telling us,
“There is life outside your apartment,
but you’ve got to open the door!”
Who wouldn’t laugh out loud at Trekkie Monster, ruining Kate’s song by blurting out,
“The internet is for porn. Porn, porn, porn!”