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Western Suburbs Weekly - - Stage - Tanya MacNaughton

THE Sesame Street-es­que set and dop­pel­ganger pup­pets might send you back to your child­hood where “sunny days sweepin’ the clouds away and the air is sweet”, but Av­enue Q is far from the G-rated chil­dren's tele­vi­sion show.

Prince Moo Pro­duc­tions is pre­sent­ing the Tony Award- win­ning mu­si­cal at Crown The­atre Perth un­til De­cem­ber 10, which pack­ages the tri­als and tribu­la­tions of adult­hood into a hi­lar­i­ous, toe-tap­ping, po­lit­i­cally in­cor­rect per­for­mance.

The au­di­ence is first in­tro­duced to main char­ac­ter Prince­ton (pup­peteered by Ross Han­naford) who has re­cently grad­u­ated from univer­sity and moves to Av­enue Q while on the hunt to find his pur­pose in life and give it mean­ing.

His open­ing song What Do You Do with a BA in English? sets the tone for a mu­si­cal un­afraid to talk about is­sues, in­clud­ing racism (Ev­ery­one's a Lit­tle Bit Racist), ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity (If You Were Gay) and pornog­ra­phy (The In­ter­net is For Porn).

The in­clu­sion of char­ac­ters Kate Mon­ster (pup­peteered by Am­berly Cull) and Trekkie Mon­ster (pup­peteered by Vin­cent Hooper) are a clever de­pic­tion of race/racism and a plethora of ref­er­ences to their “fur” hit a home run each time.

Much like the show that in­spired it, the mu­si­cal has pup­pets along­side hu­man char­ac­ters but in this for­mat the au­di­ence gets an up-close look at the pup­peteers; see­ing the emo­tion on their faces match­ing that of their char­ac­ter and the dif­fi­culty of voic­ing a pup­pet that is some­times on the other side of the stage.

Their tal­ent is fault­less and en­ergy abounds as the pace hur­tles from one song to the next.

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Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie d462437

Av­enue Q at Crown Casino.

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