When Puppets Grow Up

‘Avenue Q’ considers universal themes in unique way


Photographs by COURTESY PHOTO

Halley Mayo is Kate Monster and Chandler Reid Evans is Princeton in the University Theatre production of “Avenue Q.” “I love my character, Kate Monster, and she is the puppet,” says Mayo. “So I guess I am attached to my puppet! I make jokes in rehearsal by asking, ‘Can you fall in love with a puppet?’”

"Avenue Q," the 2004 Tony Award winner for Best Musical that opens at University Theatre this weekend, begins with a sunny song that introduces the audience to an urban block of row houses, populated by puppets and humans alike. Fans of classic episodes of a certain PBS educational series of the 1970s and 1980s will find the scene familiar. Or they will until Princeton, a puppet who is a recent college graduate, launches into "What Do You Do with a B.A. in English?" which, in turn, segues into "It Sucks to be Me," a song that features puppets and humans arguing about who is the biggest failure.


‘Avenue Q’

WHEN — 2 & 7:30 p.m. Nov. 12; 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15-17; 2 p.m. Nov. 19

WHERE — University Theatre in Fayetteville

COST — $5-$20

INFO — 575-4752

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