by Willard Manus
company of the Tony Award-winning musical, AVENUE Q, draws non-stop laughs
with its satirical but compassionate portrayal of the denizens of New
York's Lower East Side, who range from an unemployable lit major to a
failed stand-up comic to Gary Coleman, the washed-up-at-fifteen TV star.
Joined by such additional characters as Kate Monster (a kindergarten teacher),
Trekkie Monster (a porn freak) and Nicky and Rod (straight/gay roommates),
the oddball cast of AVENUE Q are brought adroitly to life by the show's
Although AVENUE Q's book (by Jeff Whitty) is paper-thin and sometimes a little too fuzzy-wuzzy cute, its theme of the importance of camaraderie and community carries the day. The show gets a big boost from Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx's music & lyrics, which are sprightly and captivating throughout. Together these gifted artists help make AVENUE Q the rib-tickling success it is.
Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave. Call 213-628-2772 or visit centertheatregroup.org