The story behind Avenue Q is a familiar one: Youthful dreams of making it big in New York City with a tiny bank account. In the opening act, were immediately introduced to an apartment-hunting college grad named Princeton. He contemplates life, his direction, his purposeand then breaks into a musical number titled What Do You Do With a BA in English? Avenue Q won several Tonys, including Best Musicalwhich they snatched up from leading contender and now international mega-hit Wicked. But its the way the story is told thats truly notable: Puppets. Irreverent, sassy puppets with names such as Mrs. Thistletwat and Lucy the Slut. The show was meant to be an obvious homage to PBS long-running childrens program Sesame Street, with a few more topics thrown in: homosexuality (see: If You Were Gay), racism (Everyones a Little Bit Racist) and pornography (The Internet Is for Porn). Brought to you by N, C and the number 17.
Fri., Jan. 29, 8 p.m.; Sat., Jan. 30, 2 & 8 p.m.; Sun., Jan. 31, 3 & 7 p.m., 2010