Review: Avenue Q, Norwich Theatre Royal
Potty-mouthed stroll through some very grown-up lessons
They've charmed Broadway and the West End – now the loveably hopeless residents of Avenue Q are working their magic in Norwich.
Potty mouthed and politically incorrect, this isn't a show for the easily offended – but it's uproariously funny.
Set on a downtown New York street, puppets and people live side by side trying to make sense of life's burning issues like love, work, relationships and how to pay the bills armed with just a BA in English.
Wide-eyed college graduate Princeton (Adam Pettigrew) is trying to find his purpose in life, but keeps getting distracted by blonde temptresses and absinthe cocktails.
Idealistic Kate Monster (Rachel Jerram) wants to run her own school for monsters and find love, Brian (Edward Judge) wants to become a comedian and Rod (Adam Pettigrew again) seems to have got himself locked in a closet and needs some help coming out.
Landlord Gary (Matthew J Henry) is a former child star who is finding it hard to shake off his old catchphrase, and Trekkie Monster (Chris Thatcher) is spending way too much time on the internet, which, according to him at least, has one very specific function.
- 1 Body found in the sea at Great Yarmouth
- 2 North Norfolk road closed with drivers asked to avoid area
- 3 Mum describes heartache year on from daughter's tragic death
- 4 Popular teacher, 55, died after falling down stairs, inquest hears
- 5 Teenager died of injuries six days after crash
- 6 Banksy work removed and put in museum due to local sensitivity
- 7 Hope for WASPI women as MPs back compensation call
- 8 Housing association hoping to build 461 homes in south Norfolk town
- 9 John Lewis CCTV footage leads to Norwich gun arrests
- 10 1920s bungalow up for sale in one of the Broads' most sought-after villages
Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx's show was never destined for the stage, but it feels like its natural habitat.
Billed as an X-rated version of Sesame Street, it teaches you some rather grown-up lessons.
The script is whip-smart and packed with rapid-fire gags.
The versatile cast, some of whom aren't that long out of college themselves, are fantastic.
There's some brilliant puppetry and some brilliant voices.
Stand-outs include Rachel Jerram, a veteran of the show having appeared in it in the West End and Jacqueline Tate, who plays aspiring counsellor Christmas Eve: both have an incredible range.
But for all its subversion – such as toe-tapping ditties like Everyone's a Little Bit Racist – Avenue Q has a surprisingly conventional ending.
All the loose ends are neatly tied up and it's sweet enough to give you a toothache.