AVNEUE Q to Close Long Beach Playhouse's Studio 2013 Season, 10/19-11/16
The Long Beach Playhouse Studio Theatre has been known as the place to see cutting edge, comteporary theatre. This is never as true as when puppets have sex, Gary Coleman is the neighborhood guru and Monsters are good. Avenue Q closes out the Studio season with a bang!
Director and The Playhouse producing artistic director, Andrew Vonderschmitt say this about directing this show, "I've been asked recently, "what's with you and all the puppets?". Including this show I have now done three shows in a row with puppets; The Cyclops, Little Shop of Horrors and now Avenue Q, with still another puppet presentation on the horizon for ALOT through the Arts Council of Long Beach calledSombras de los Muertes. Although I do love puppets of all kinds, I have to say that it has always been the stories that have drawn me to these projects. Whether you're using puppets to tell a story or humans, what really draws you in is the actual narrative. This particular story is about real people (puppet or otherwise) in real circumstances. Several characters have lessons to be learned, fears to overcome, and relationships to solidify. We can sympathize with them because they are displaying human traits, needs, and wants. We can empathize because they want what we all want; a purpose, friends, love, success, and a warm place to sleep."
AVENUE Q is a gut-bustingly hilarious modern musical focusing on a group of unique 20-somethings making their way in the big city, seeking their purpose in life. Although the show addresses humorous adult issues, it is similar to a beloved children's show; a place where puppets are friends, Monsters are good and life lessons are learned.