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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Find Your Purpose on 'Avenue Q'

If you never contemplated your purpose in life, raise your hands.  Not that many rose I see. 

Photo: Stan Barouh
Identifying one’s purpose in life is the central theme in Avenue Q—a clever, funny, poignant and uplifting story of young adults navigating their way through real-life’s unforeseen challenges to fulfill their dreams.  The satirical musical, currently playing at the Olney Theatre Center, also has its raunchy, racy and potty-mouthed moments.  
In a unique device for musical theatre, Avenue Q uses puppets as part of the storyline. They combine the joy and brashness of those loveable characters seen in PBS’ Sesame Street from which Avenue Q’s characters were inspired and parodied by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx who wrote the music and lyrics with the latter having interned at the program earlier in his career.  The irony is that the characters represented in Avenue Q’s puppets deal with adult themes contrasting with those on the children’s TV show Sesame Street.  The book was penned by Jeff Whitty.
For full review, visit MD Theatre Guide.

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