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Theatre Review: Avenue Q at The Gladstone Theatre—until 06.29.31

By Laura Gauthier and Samara Caplan on June 23, 2019

Laura and Samara spend their days as non-profit unicorns and fill every spare minute exploring the world of musical theatre as BFFs (that’s Broadway Friends Forever).

We’ve all experienced that post graduation slump. What do I want to do with my life? What is my purpose in this world? What the heck do I do with this degree I just spent years getting!

Avenue Q tells the story of Princeton a recent graduate who finds himself facing all these questions and more. He rents a place on Avenue Q where he meets some strange new friends – and hilarity ensues. Together they stumble through the world of love, work, friendship and of course searching for their purpose.

Avenue Q includes puppets as many of the main characters to the show. You may be thinking its a show for kids. Well think again! Avenue Q will give you vibes of your favourite street of puppets from your youth … if it was rated R. Don’t believe us? Some of the many racy (and funny) songs include “The Internet is for Porn” and “Everyones a Little Bit Racist”

ToToToo Theatre recreates the show with great skill and quality. It is the next best thing to seeing it at the NAC or on Broadway. The set is simple but so well done it pulls you right into the apartment complex of Avenue Q. Maya Desrosiers, who plays Kate Monster, and Yang Chen, who plays Princeton, are perfectly cast. Not only were their inflections and harmonies on point but they were able to perform facial expressions and well-timed body movements as well as with their puppets. Another standout was Itzy Kamil who played Trekkie Monster. His performance of the aforementioned “The Internet is for Porn” has people laughing from beginning to end, and everytime he is on stage, his character completely steals the show.

Not only were their inflections and harmonies on point but they were able to perform facial expressions and well-timed body movements as well as with their puppets.

The show had the audience laughing, clapping and cheering throughout and was met with a standing ovation and rousing applause at the end.

With a clever and catchy score and some real gut busting laughs you will want to head down to The Gladstone to get your spot on Avenue Q before it’s too late.

Get a preview of some of the toe-tapping, funny tunes by listening to some of our favourites from the show below!


Avenue Q continues at The Gladstone Theatre until Saturday, June 29th. Shows are Tuesday to Saturday at 7:30pm, Saturday matinees at 2:30pm. Tickets range between $20 – $36. The show runs about 2 hours and 15 minutes with intermission.


 

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