The Arts

CTG Presents Avenue Q

(Last Updated On: October 2, 2016)

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Puppets laugh off the pain of adulthood

Last weekend Community Theatre of Greensboro’s Starr Theatre was filled with dirty looks—not from its audience, but from its puppets in Avenue Q. The production, a parable of Sesame Street and satire of adulthood, features a cast of musical puppets facing the struggles of everyday life. From losing a job to concealing homosexuality to simply being Gary Coleman, the characters bring to light the funny side of our otherwise horrible adult lives so audiences can escape reality—at least for a couple of hours.
Avenue Q is one of my favorite musicals mostly because it’s just so silly. The songs, like “If You Were Gay (that’d be OK)”, “There’s a Fine, Fine Line (between love and a waste of time)” and “Everybody’s a Little Bit Racist (sometimes)” are light-hearted yet filled with a little truth, too.
CTG’s production certainly met my expectations and kept me laughing throughout. Of course, having their special rum concoction, “It Sucks to be Sober,” didn’t hurt either. Overall, the theater’s performance of the Tony Award-winning musical was a success. The cartoon-like voices were on point, especially George Carson’s as Rod, a spoof of Burt, as well as that of Jacob Breeden and Morgan Chandler, who operated the Bad Idea Bears.
My favorite character was Trekkie Monster, performed by Mark Lane. Not only was Lane’s voice on point for the scruffy, porn-addicted creature, but Lane’s face as a puppet operator added so much character to the otherwise inanimate object. Usually, I like for operators to disappear behind the puppet so there’s less of a challenge to suspend my disbelief, but Lane’s expressions were complementary. It’s like he was a part of the puppet, and for me, it brought Trekkie Monster to life in a whole new way.
Overall, the production, running through Sunday, is a great way to de-stress and laugh at the misery of adulthood. Show contains adult humor and puppet nudity, and is not recommended for young audiences.

Wanna Go? Community Theatre of Greensboro presents Avenue Q at its Starr Theatre, 520 S. Elm St., Greensboro, this week through Sunday. Tickets are $10-$30. For tickets or more information visit ctgso.org or call 336-333-7470.

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