The Lyric Stage Company of Boston has extended the run of AVENUE Q for one more week- due to unprecedented ticket demand!
Absolutely must close July 1!!
Avenue Q is now the highest grossing production in Lyric Stage history– and here’s why: a delightful ensemble of human actors who magically become one with their puppet characters and capture the human experience. You see, Avenue Q is the grownup version of Sesame Street. It’s a quaint little downscale neighborhood where young puppets like Princeton (John Ambrosino) arrive looking to grow up and find their purpose in life.
What may have begun as a simple satire of Henson’s youthful feel-good Muppets, has ended up a more profound hybrid and definitely not for kids. Expertly directed by Lyric artistic director Spiro Veloudos, the show has adult truths to tell through songs like “Everyone’s a Little Bit Racist,” “The Internet is for Porn,” and “Schadenfreude” which gleefully exults in the notion of taking pleasure at the misfortune of others.
The genius of AVENUE Q is its ability to say through puppets what humans can’t. Somehow our unspoken little flaws, and life’s sadder realities are redeemed through characters like Lucy the Slut and Kate Monster, both voiced and acted by the versatile and adorable Erica Spyres. Then there’s Jenna Lea Scott, a powerhouse of a performer who plays a feisty human therapist named Christmas Eve and is searching for inner conflicts to resolve on Avenue Q. In fact, the entire cast is a remarkably talented ensemble of singer/actors, many of whom do triple duty and manage to be both visible and invisible as they bring their puppets to life; behind the scenes, the music’s live too.
The only part of the book that has taken on an even darker tinge, is the Gary Coleman character who has in real life, since the show’s inception, passed away after chronic illness and a depressing fall from the fame of his youth. His story is right at home in the deeper recesses of what this show so gracefully comes to grips with. In many ways, it’s a perfect season ender and will leave you feeling more accepting of what life sends your way.
The final performance is Sunday, July 1 at 3pm at THE LYRIC STAGE COMPANY OF BOSTON. Don’t miss this one!
June 17 & 24 at 7:30pm
June 27 & 28 at 7:30pm
June 29 at 8pm
June 30 at 3pm & 8pm
July 1 at 3pm