Friday, June 13, 2008

There's no sex like puppet sex

On stage at eye update tonight, 'cause it's getting old. And there's little change from yesterday, so what's the point?

Instead, I'll plug a musical. I know, I know, it's hard to believe. I'm not much for the musical theater thing. I mean sure, I've got a BA in Theater, I stage-managed and played in the orchestra for numerous musicals, but that was enough. I'm not lining up to get pre-sale tickets for "Phantom" or anything. But when the musical involves the possibility of full-frontal puppet nudity, then I'm on board! Which is why I went to see Avenue Q tonight.

Avenue Q, in case you're like me six months ago and haven't heard of it, "has not been authorized or approved in any manner by The Jim Henson Company or Sesame Workshop which have no responsibility for its content." Which I'm sure they have to say, and I'm sure is true, but you know the Henson and Sesame people love the show. Sure, the branding people and the lawyers might not, but I'm sure the dude in the Big Bird suit was there on opening night.

Basically the show is about Princeton, a muppet dude who graduates college with a BA in English (second only to Theater for useless paper) and doesn't know what to do with his life. So he moves to Avenue Q and learns life's lessons. Lessons like "The Internet was made for Porn". And the most important message of all, "in a volatile market, the only truly safe investment is porn." Oh, and he falls in love with a monster girl along the way.

So, if you're in Seattle (running through next weekend) or Portland (opening in a couple weeks) you should get tickets 'cause it's hilarious. If you're in New York, it's still on Broadway. And if you're not in one of those places go to the web site and check the tour schedule 'cause it might be somewhere nearby. Or plan a vacation. Or hell, just get your own puppet and do it yourself. 'cause the Trekkie Monster would want you to.

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