So, you’ve got that BA in English, but what now? Residents on the Big Apple’s Avenue Q explore the question, “What is my purpose?” Though it’s mainly bright, Muppet-esque puppets that perform campy song-and-dance in this Tony Award-winning musical, this ain’t no after-school special.
The doors may have closed on New York’s 15 year run of Avenue Q on May 26th, but on May 27th, Avenue Q opened right here in Edinburgh, the third time this musical has come to the King’s Theatre. This raunchy, cartoonish romp spares no offense nor shameless irreverence, and it’s a laugh-a-minute right through to the end. Somehow it’s much more palatable to receive songs about porn, sex, racism and homophobia when it’s coming out of the mouth of a furry, googly-eyed puppet. Impressively, the writers are actually able to imbue thoughtful rhetoric on race amongst the farce, and the music is genuinely catchy and unique...to say the least! Just make sure the next day you don’t go into work singing, “The Internet Is For Porn”. Hum it, why don’t you.
The cast is strong, bringing their puppets vividly to life. Many actors play multiple characters, including particular stand out Cecily Redman. As Kate Monster, she is an absolute stunner. She flips between Kate and tawdry puppet “Lucy the Slut” with both hilarity and dexterity. A natural and nuanced actress in her own right, her vocal musicianship and humour make her just so likeable.
While Act II doesn’t seem to have the same narrative stamina as Act I, it is hard to find fault with this light-hearted abandonment of all things PC. Avenue Q is a filthy, goofy, delightful must-see.
MON 27 MAY TO SAT 01 JUN 2019
Evenings 7.30pm, Matinee Sat 2.30pm