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Nov. 5th, 2007

07:40 pm - Only half the show

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I'd like to mention Avenue Q one more time and put in a plug for it: if you've heard the songs and like them, and you get a chance to go see the play, by all means go. Even if you haven't heard the songs, by all means go. So much the better; you'll get to hear them for the first time in their proper context!

The soundtrack album is fun, but it's only half the show. Have you heard "Purpose" and thought it was a little thin and repetitive? That's because you haven't seen the spectacular choreography of Princeton and his chorus of singing and dancing cardboard moving boxes. I'm also willing to bet you haven't seen any of the "educational" video clips that play on the screens that descend from the theatre ceiling every now and then. Or the phantasmagorical nightmare that Princeton slips into after the wedding scene. Or Nicky & Rod's dreamscape dance number in "Fantasies Come True". Or the Bad Idea Bears, who are one of the funniest parts of the whole show!

Girl bear: "Buy beer! Yaaay!"
Princeton: "I'm not gonna spend my parents' money on beer!"
Girl bear: "Awww... That makes me so sad..."
Boy bear: "I think I'm going to cry!"

(They're the ones saying "Take her home! She's wasted!" at the beginning of "You Can Be as Loud as the Hell You Want (When You're Makin' Love)".)

Apparently some people out there have never even heard of Avenue Q. Basically, it's Sesame Street for grownups. Instead of learning to count and say the alphabet, the characters have to deal with life after college. (This is definitely not a show to bring your kids to; there are a few swears and one scene of puppet nudity.)

Man, I hope they make the play into a movie someday so everyone can see it!

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From:wbwolf
Date:November 5th, 2007 11:25 pm (UTC)
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I'm going to have to wait until June before Ave Q comes anywhere close to me.
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From:silverscalenaga
Date:November 6th, 2007 02:40 am (UTC)
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Agreed. it was awesome. I feel extensive schadenfreude towards those that haven't seen it yet.
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:November 6th, 2007 03:07 am (UTC)
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Not me. I feel sad because I can't talk about the play with them!
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From:silverscalenaga
Date:November 6th, 2007 03:09 am (UTC)
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You could talk about the play with them, but it would spoil stuff. MOAR SCHADENFREUDE!!
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From:nefaria
Date:November 6th, 2007 09:48 am (UTC)
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It's playing in Pittsburgh, hope I can get tickets for it.

Maybe the Funday Pawpet Show can cash in on the trend.
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From:shockwave77598
Date:November 6th, 2007 12:07 pm (UTC)
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Having Bad Idea Bears at a furry con is something we need to aspire to :)
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:November 6th, 2007 09:08 pm (UTC)
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I wouldn't mind having my own Avenue Q puppets! I'm sure they don't sell them at Toys 'Я' Us, though. :}
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From:deckardcanine
Date:November 6th, 2007 01:45 pm (UTC)
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I keep fearing that I'd find it more disturbing than funny. Why is it that every time adults use puppets outside of children's programming these days, it's for something naughty? The same isn't so true of cartoons.

And it's not really "Sesame Street for Grownups" unless it means to be educational and not just comedic.
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:November 6th, 2007 09:02 pm (UTC)

You say "naughty" like it's a bad thing. :}

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Well for the most part, the play isn't "naughty", and it is somewhat educational. It's a story about people pursuing their dreams. It's comedic (very much so!) and it's sassy and saucy (and sexy), but there's genuine heart behind it. I mean, if you're imagining something like South Park, forget it. It's not that... nasty. :}
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From:deckardcanine
Date:November 7th, 2007 12:14 am (UTC)

Re: You say "naughty" like it's a bad thing. :}

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Then I'll count it as a "maybe." But Team America remains off my Netflix queue.
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:November 7th, 2007 01:09 am (UTC)
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A wise choice. From what I've seen, "Team America" looks horribly stupid.
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From:xakko
Date:November 7th, 2007 01:19 am (UTC)

Re: You say "naughty" like it's a bad thing. :}

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weren't the creators former Sesame Street/Muppet performers?

and remember that the Muppet Show was directed as much to adults as children, and that Brian Henson held an improv special last year that was towards an R rating...
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From:octan
Date:November 7th, 2007 12:05 am (UTC)
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Man, I hope they make the play into a movie someday so everyone can see it!

Somehow, I envision more an actual series on Adult Swim or Comedy Central.
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:November 7th, 2007 01:11 am (UTC)
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Adult Swim doesn't deserve Avenue Q! :}
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