AVENUE Q GIVES DALLAS AUDIENCES A PURPOSE
BY: LYNN MARIE
The AT & T Performing Arts Center presented the Dallas premiere of AVENUE Q, the Broadway smash hit and winner of three Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Book.
Avenue Q ends the inaugural season of the Center’s Lexus Broadway Series on an amusing reminder that we shouldn’t take life so seriously and everything in life is only for now.
The stage is set well from the beginning of the musical when the song “It Sucks to be Me” is sung by the different characters to try and prove that their life is the most miserable on Avenue Q.
There’s Brian the out of work comedian and his therapist fiancée Christmas Eve; Nicky the good hearted freeloader and his roommate Rod A Republican Investment Banker who seems to have something to hide; an Internet addict called Trekkie Monster; and a very delightful Teaching Assistant named Kate.
Let’s not forget the building’s Superintendent; Gary Coleman. (Gary Coleman, the child star of the 1970s situation comedy “Diff’rent Strokes,” died May 28, 2010 after suffering a brain hemorrhage. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Mr. Coleman’s family in this very difficult time).
Together, Princeton and his newfound friends struggle to find employment, dates and their purpose in life.
The recipe works enormously well and the true talent here is the mirroring of actors’ expressions and body language in their half-length glove puppets and vice versa.