The national tour of "Avenue Q" is one of those rare Broadway musicals that challenges the intellect while slightly offending the audience — but for all the right reasons.
You'll see puppets singing on stage, but this is not for children, because adult themes are explored in detail from self-esteem to racism; from announcing you're gay to the joy and heartbreak of sex.
It's all a bit daring and uncomfortable in the beginning.
Once the audience gets past the initial shock — both visually and vocally — "Avenue Q" defines itself as a part-time brilliant piece of musical theater. Smarter than most, wonderfully directed by Jason Moore, and played with precision by a veteran cast who understand that life on this street — in this neighborhood — isn't easy.
The more I think about "Avenue Q," the better it gets, and that's a good sign.
The Winspear Opera House is the perfect hall to confront convention (you can hear a pin drop), and the colorful "Sesame Street"-style set jumps off the stage.
By the end of "Avenue Q," you'll forget these are puppets — and that's the point.