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Avenue Q: this is no children’s puppet show

Irreverently witty and outright uproarious, the Tony Award-winning Avenue Q finds itself on stage this summer on Granville Island.  Culture Vulture David C Jones speaks to Rod, one of the puppet residents rumoured to be gay, and his “handler” Andrew MacDonald-Smith about the show.

Avenue Q is the musical story of Princeton, a bright-eyed college graduate who arrives in New York City looking for love, a job, and his purpose in life. The only neighbourhood he can afford is the multicultural Avenue Q, where Sesame Street-esque puppets rub shoulders with humans. Winner of the Tony Award “Triple Crown” in 2004 (Best Musical, Best Book, and Best Score), Avenue Q is part felt, part flesh, and packed with songs that are surprisingly poignant and only occasionally PC.

Avenue Q plays at the Arts Club Granville Island Stage though August 3, 2013.  Tickets are available online at http://artsclub.com.

David C JonesDavid C. Jones is an arts lover and a critical thinker. He makes films, directs plays, teaches, is a professional emcee and writes for the OUTtv website and The Charlebois Post.

Follow David on Twitter or visit him online at DavidCJones.ca.

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