Cue up for Avenue Q

Avenue Q, Arts Club

Humans Nick Fontaine and Jeremy Crittenden help puppets Nicky and Rod negotiate same-sex relationships in Avenue Q

Avenue Q is the show to see this weekend.

The musical’s satirical take on Sesame Street—and the generation of young folks raised to feel special and disappointed to find that they’re not—is hilarious. The songs include “What Do You Do with a BA in English?” and “The Internet Is for Porn”.

Under Peter Jorgensen’s direction, this Arts Club production is pretty much perfect. The cast, which manipulates Muppetlike puppets, is skilled and charming. Musically, the show sounds downright splendid, and the production is wittily designed. There’s nothing not to like. 

Bonus: Avenue Q‘s success might just restore your faith in an orderly universe. When  Avenue Q went up against Wicked at the Tony Awards in 2004, Avenue Q won for best book, best score, and best musical. Why? Because it’s a MUCH BETTER SHOW than Wicked. See? There is a God. Somewhere. Maybe.

About Colin Thomas

Colin Thomas is a Vancouver-based editor, an award-winning playwright, and an established theatre critic. Colin helps writers unlock the full potential of their novels, short stories, screenplays, and children's books.

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