Last night, John and I went with a group of friends to see Avenue Q at The Centre in Evansville. I had not heard much about it before we went, so was not exactly sure what to expect. The local paper was pretty clear that this show is not appropriate for kids. They were not kidding. Although it is a spoof of Sesame Street, complete with puppets interacting with people, it is not for kids. Period. One review I read said it was appropriate for teenagers. I suppose that would depend on the teenagers.
It starts off with “What do you do with a B.A. in English?” And progresses to songs like “Everybody’s a Little Bit Racist” and “The Internet is for Porn.” I think the most… unexpected… scene was the pretty graphic representation of puppet sex. A few people got up and left during intermission after that scene. I think they were offended. The second act was less offensive. They really missed out!
To be fair, the program did have a disclaimer. “Avenue Q has not been authorized or approved in any manner by the Jim Henson Company or Sesame Workshop, which have no responsibility for its content.”
My favorite part was the wedding dress. Big poofy tulle skirt with a tight bodice. And then, ta da! Blinking Christmas lights under the skirt! And then, ta da again! The whole bodice is lit up! Applause, applause, applause! I just wish I had thought of that… It makes my classic silhouette look so boring….
Oh, wait, those were the shoes. We’ll get to the shoes later this week. Here’s the dress.
See? Boring, right? Okay, not so boring. Actually, it was a pretty fantastic dress. And I got to wear it twice.
John said he would laugh at me if I walked down the aisle in a blinky-light dress. I said he wouldn’t dare. Because I would look fantastic in a blinky-light dress. Big Catholic wedding or not.
Speaking of Catholic… The nun from our church was supposed to see Avenue Q last night. I wonder what she thought of the show?