Review: Avenue Q pushes social boundaries in a hilarious production with puppets

The cast of Avenue Q.

The cast of Avenue Q.

First published in What's On Sutton Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Reporter

Having heard nothing but ringing endorsements for Avenue Q, I went into the show with high hopes for a hilarious evening.

I was not disappointed.

As someone with a B.A in English, the opening song, ‘What do you do with a B.A in English? wasn’t offensive, more surprising as an opener, but it set the tone for a production which pushes the boundaries of discussing what is socially acceptable.

That applies to the enthusiastic rendition of Everyone’s A Little Bit Racist and the Internet is For Porn, both of which were met with laughs from the sell-out audience.

It was fascinating to watch the facial expressions of actors on stage, who put as much effort into themselves as they do the puppets on their arms.

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Kate Monster

Wearing black clothing to provide emphasis to the colourful puppets, the actors were clearly enjoying their roles.

Lucie-May Sumner as Kate Monster and Lucy the Slut and Tom Steedon playing Princeton and Rod both stood out as particularly expressive and they slipped easily between characters, sometimes while on stage at the same time.

Described as an adult version of Sesame Street, some of the characters such as the hairy Trekkie Monster are recognisable as the childhood favourites but it is made clear the Jim Henson Company do not endorse the show.

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Trekkie Monster

Pitched at an adult audience, the show tells the story of a bright-eyed graduate, out-of-work comedian, therapist, Internet ‘sexpert’ and their puppet neighbours in a New York suburb as they struggle with growing up, dreaming big and finding purpose in life.

A live band provides a strong accompaniment to the musical renditions. The cast have raised more than £800 in donations for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

To donate, visit the website.

Avenue Q; New Wimbledon Theatre, 93 The Broadway; August 26 to 30; Tues to Thurs, 7.30pm; Fri, 5pm and 8.30pm; Sat, 2.30pm and 7.30pm; £17.90 - £42.40; atgtickets.com. 

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