Review of Balagan Theater's Avenue Q

Review of Balagan Theater's Avenue Q

I expected to love Avenue Q, the rude and outrageous Sesame Street send-up that won Tony Awards for best musical, best book, and best original score on its way to a six-year Broadway run. What's not to like about puppets having sex? What I didn't expect from Balagan Theater was a production that rivals anything I've seen at the 5th Avenue, for a fraction of the ticket price. And why shouldn't it? The talented cast includes a handful of 5th Avenue regulars, including Kirsten DeLohr Helland, who brings to Kate Monster the same comedic energy and powerful voice she brought to the role of Ado Annie in the 5th's recent production of Oklahoma. And director Eric Ankrim, who won acclaim for Balagan's Spring Awakening, has been tapped to direct 5th Avenue's upcoming production of Elf: The Musical.

This is 5th Avenue talent at an off- Broadway price, and Avenue Q doesn't suffer any from the downsizing. If anything, the material is better suited to the smaller space, engendering a more intimate experience with the foul-mouthed puppets. At only $25 a pop, Avenue Q may be the best theater value in Seattle, and it's an auspicious start to Balagan's ambitious new season. recommended

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Tracy 1
Hot damn, this was a fantastic show. The entire run is sold out, but there are waitlist tickets available, so you can try for that.

Featuring almost all of my "must see anything they're in" Seattle favorites, from the ridiculously talented Justin Huertas to the always hysterical Kate Jaeger. Honestly, everyone is fantastic. And I agree that the smaller space makes for a more emotionally-charged experience. I was surprised to find myself having FEELINGS as Trekkie Monster's voice breaks learning of the School for Monsters. *smile*

Bravo to all involved.
Posted by Tracy on November 30, 2012 at 1:25 PM · Report this
elissa 2
I loved this show. I saw it last weekend. I previously saw Avenue Q at the Paramount, but I was in the balcony, and the smaller space totally transformed the experience for me. Everyone was excellent.
Posted by elissa on December 20, 2012 at 7:18 PM · Report this

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