Theater Avenue Q
posted by June 11 at 15:16 PMon
According to a doorman at the Paramount, about 50 delicate souls stormed out of last night’s opening of Avenue Q.
“They were grumbling about it being ‘inappropriate,’” the doorman said. “But I don’t have any sympathy for idiots who buy tickets and don’t even know what they’re going to see.”
Avenue Q is a grown-up parody of Sesame Street—by some former employees of Sesame Street—that opened in a 150-seat theater Off Broadway and, in 2003, became a magnet for Tony and Drama Desk Awards.
The puppets sing about disappointment and ennui, getting drunk and one-night stands—grown-up stuff, but nothing outrageous.
One character (based on Bert) is a closeted gay Republican who sings about his “girlfriend” in Canada. After the song’s final line (“I can’t wait to eat her pussy again”), a couple behind me rocketed out of their seats and angrily flew up the aisle.
I’m just sorry Avenue Q didn’t make it out here sooner—it’s a funny, successful parody of kids’ shows, with learn-and-grow lessons for adults. As they sing in the final number: “Life may be scary, but it’s only temporary.”
Now please enjoy the opening number, “It Sucks To Be Me”:
More information on tickets and show times here.