Foul-mouthed fur­ries fur­nish filth-laden fun

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - ENTERTAINMENT - By Kevin Prokosh

AV­ENUE Q is that rare stage mu­si­cal that at­tracts to the theatre an au­di­ence in which mil­len­ni­als out­num­ber their par­ents and grand­par­ents. Al­though the sur­prise 2004 Tony Award win­ner (over pro­hib­i­tive favourite Wicked) is a decade old, it re­mains an an­them of its gen­er­a­tion for the way it hi­lar­i­ously chron­i­cles the harsh re­al­i­ties of en­ter­ing adult­hood. A short four-day run here by a young col­lec­tive of re­cent univer­sity grad­u­ates sold out be­fore it opened two years ago, so Win­nipeg Stu­dio Theatre quickly brought back Av­enue Q for its first pro­fes­sional run at the RMTC Ware­house. It was LOL funny for the youth­ful open­ing-night crowd Thurs­day. It’s hard to re­mem­ber a more bois­ter­ous night of theatre since, well, the last time Win­nipeg­gers took a stroll down Av­enue Q. It’s the laugh­ter of recog­ni­tion and iden­ti­fi­ca­tion, even if the lives of young adults are be­ing rep­re­sented by colourful, bug-eyed pup­pets. It’s those felt and furry folk who pro­vide in­of­fen­sive cover so the Amer­i­can song­writ­ing team of Robert Lopez/ Jeff Marx (Jeff Whitty wrote the book) can dis­pense crude adult lessons about pur­pose in life, sex­u­al­ity and racism. It par­o­dies Se­same Street in the way it teaches vo­cab­u­lary and math on a video screen lo­cated over de­signer Ali­son Nutt’s sketchy street set, com­plete with wooden crates and metal trash cans that might house Os­car the Grouch. In tone, lan­guage and sex­ual in­nu­endo, it’s way more South Park, so check your po­lit­i­cal cor­rect­ness at

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