Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Live Review: Avenue Q

Posted By on Wed, Jul 23, 2008 at 5:23 PM

The Deal: Avenue Q, the Broadway musical that features puppets and humans, opened in Charlotte at Belk Theater last night.

The Good: It’s full of adult content, from puppet nudity to foul language. If you no longer watch Sesame Street (because you’re too old), but you still like puppets, then Avenue Q is a quick solution for entertainment. The cast tackled dating/relationships/sex, coming out of the closet, unemployment and finding a purpose in life with a batch of catchy and humorous songs. Highlights included a song about the internet/porn, a song about love/killing and puppets having sex. It’s definitely not a show for the kids.

The Bad: For most of the show, the topics took different routes to the same theme, but I felt a little lost as to why they even tried to tackle the subject of racism. The song declared ,“Everyone’s a little bit racist sometimes,” and despite bringing a little bit of humor to a heavy issue, it didn’t seem to fit with the show.

The Verdict: Don’t miss it. It's a hilarious show that dishes out some good advice on how to live. Whether you are looking for your life’s purpose or you think you’ve already found it; Avenue Q will give you more than you bargained for.

Check it out: July 23, 24, 25, 8 p.m.; July 26, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; July 27, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-372-1000. www.blumenthalcenter.org.

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