The changing alliances of the characters seem like choreography
With jokes in spades, Avenue Q encourages viewers not to take life too seriously
“It’s basically the story of The Little Mermaid as most of us know it, without the Disneyfication.”
“The choreography tries to talk about those themes in a way that is about the texture of those moments and not necessarily a direct delineation of sides.”
“Jerry was about the art and he wanted people to dance to their fullest potential… he was a great artist, choreographer and a perfectionist.”
Aside from a few clever flourishes here and there, Pappas and crew let the text speak for itself.
“I feel like, just as in every industry, we don’t get paid as much.”
It’s a funny, smart and moving work featuring two extremely juicy roles for actors.
Like all good dramas, there’s subtle humor in all the serious parts, and underlying tension in all the big laughs.
“Life ceases to be so oppressive: we are free to give our own lives meaning and purpose, free to redeem our suffering by making something of it.”
The production is handsomely constructed, making terrific use of myriad sound effects and musical riffs, all impeccably timed.
American theater is resolutely non-political so it’s electrifying to grapple with such huge political ideas.