Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Puppets' Frolics Not for Prudes

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Puppets' Frolics Not for Prudes

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SOMETIMES, on those rare occasions, you go and see a musical and you take something away from it.

The powerful message that resonates in Avenue Q is that "everything in life is only for now".

And something that really is only for now is the current tour of Avenue Q, which arrives in Brisbane next week for a strictly limited season.

Think of Sesame Street, then imagine all the characters have gone away to college, taken some illicit substances, had their first sexual encounters, are a little bit jaded in life and have wound up on the dodgiest street in Brooklyn.

Now you have Avenue Q.

The show which is sweeping through the nation creating a stir with songs like The Internet Is For Porn, You Can Be As Loud As The Hell You Want (When You're Makin' Love) and Schandenfreude, Avenue Q is not only a great show, it is also hysterically funny.

Puppets having sex, puppets getting drunk, puppets breaking up and a very appropriately named puppet called Lucy T. Slut (middle name The) this is one wild ride into the underbelly of characters who are eerily familiar.

Those charged with the job of bringing the characters to life are a group of incredibly skilled and talented performers who have to sing, dance, act and all the while remember to move a puppet's mouth.

"We were learning the puppetry skills as well as learning the blocking as well as learning the show," explained Natalie Alexopoulos who portrays the roles of Kate Monster and Lucy. "It was difficult at the beginning."

But with a tour that has taken in Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Canberra and Adelaide, before finishing up in Brisbane, , there is absolutely no sign that these people weren't actually born with furry green, brown and blue creatures on the end of their arms.

So clever is the direction from Jonathan Biggins that soon into the show you can easily forget that the puppet and the performer are two separate entities rather than one rather odd looking piece of performance machinery. …

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