Cookie MonsterSesame Street used to be fun before Cookie Monster became a health freak and Bert and Ernie were outed. It was simple, a few flashy graphics, but mostly kids in an urban playground talking to puppets. I was part of a generation raised by Sesame Street and Jim Henson’s Muppets. “Avenue Q” is neither one of those.

Princeton, a college graduate, moves out to Avenue Q with high aspirations but little direction. He quickly finds himself unemployed, broke and searchingavenueqposter.jpg for his purpose.

“Avenue Q” is a tutorial for adults. It takes the same formats we used as kids to learn letters and numbers and applies it to sex, racism and work. Obviously this is not intended for children.

The songs are catchy. Viewers may want to hear some of them before going just so they don’t miss anything.

The performers are visible on stage but blend seamlessly with their puppet counterpart. The cast is very talented balancing singing, dancing and puppetry all at once.

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