THEATRE REVIEW: AVENUE Q – PERTH
Crown Theatre, 26 November, 2016
Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar
Multiple generations of us grew up with a large part of our moral compass and basic A-B-C-1-2-3 knowledge cast in stone thanks to the wonderful Sesame Street – and most of us at some point in our more mature years joked or wondered what might happen had those adorable felt characters left the realm of kid’s TV and entered the adult world.
Wonder no more, as the puppets of Avenue Q deal with the serious issues of poverty, unemployment, alcohol, sex, racism, homophobia and more in this hilarious and confronting show.
Fans will recognise characters similar to Sesame’s Bert and Ernie – Rod and Nicky – who perform the wonderful If You Were Gay, and Cookie Monster – here dubbed Trekkie Monster – who leads a chorus of The Internet Is For Porn.
Most of the story revolves around young Princeton, who struggles to find a job whilst courting Kate Monster, and the fallout after their night of drunken sex (one of the funniest scenes in the show) encouraged by the Bad News Bears, the cute, furry, destructive and morally corrupt version of the devil sitting on all of our shoulders.
Just as Sesame Street was education dressed up to look like entertainment so kids wouldn’t even realise they were learning, Avenue Q strips back the fake veneer of political correctness and addresses morally touchy issues – other songs include It Sucks To Be Me, Everyone’s A Little Bit Racist, and The More You Ruv Someone (The More You Want To Kill Them) – in an easily understood way which is sure to raise positive discussion without adults even realising they’ve been schooled.
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