Raleigh, N.C. — When I heard that Raleigh Little Theatre would be bringing Avenue Q to the Triangle for three weeks in June, I was thrilled.
I saw the hilarious musical two years ago in New York and was instantly hooked. As a millennial and recent college graduate, Avenue Q touched me -- and I couldn't believe how much it reminded me of my own life, questions and experiences.
Performances have already started, but there's still plenty of time to see the show, which was just extended to run through June 25 in the Cantey V. Sutton Theatre.
For those who aren't familiar with the story, Avenue Q features a cast of puppets -- yes, puppets -- that explore issues that people of all ages, but especially millennials, can relate to. I don't want to give too much away, but some of the most notable conflicts the characters face in the musical include covert racism, homophobia, the hardships of having a roommate, mixed messages from crushes and the ever-so-popular problem of "I graduated with a liberal arts degree and tons of college debt -- now how do I actually find a job and make money?"
Oh, and don't let the fact that Avenue Q is a puppet show fool you. The musical is full of adult language, sexual references and downright bad choices, so leave the kids at home!
Despite its "raunchy" nature, Avenue Q does have a somewhat serious tone -- it explores how hard it is to appear "perfect" in the adult world, acknowledging the fact that everyone is human, everyone struggles with their own hidden issues and everyone makes mistakes.
"Avenue Q is hilarious, inappropriate and zany," said Patrick Torres, the show's artistic director. "The show exploits our memory of watching Sesame Street and twists that nostalgia to help us learn how to be adults in the world. It is a story about finding your purpose when the social and economic obstacles seem impossible to surmount, and it reminds us that forming community and helping others is the pathway to joy. That is a message we could use more of in our world."
Tickets are $28 can be purchased by calling the box office at 919-821-3111 or by visiting the RLT website at www.raleighlittletheatre.org.