Saturday, May 22, 2010

Puppet nudity, silliness and progress

Shocked, absolutely shocked!

What more can I say? It's just not all that often that I attend a Broadway musical in the "Land of Cotton" and find myself blushing. But Avenue Q visits unexpected places in its efforts to entertain. The profanity, scatological humor and obscene gestures set the scene, but I just wasn't prepared for full-frontal puppet nudity. And when a guy and gal get naked -- even puppet guys and gals -- then you know what's, ahhh, coming next!

Doing the deed has never been funnier or furrier. But what exactly were the creators of this Tony winning show thinking when they decided to take the huffing and puffing to the next level?

Yep, that's right! Puppet sixty-nine. Yech!

Have these people no shame? The next thing you know they'll be making fun of Gary Coleman! Oh, that's right, they did make fun of Gary Coleman -- and Sesame Street, Bert and Ernie, Cookie Monster, being gay, being straight, being in love.

In fact, making fun of just about everything is what all the silliness was mostly about. And silly is good. That said, I can only wonder what would have happened if Avenue Q was scheduled here 15 years ago.

That's about the time the local county commissioners passed a resolution condemning homosexuality, then decided to cut off all arts funding rather than figure out what sort of art offended community values.

Cobb County, the state of Georgia and, well, most of the rest of the country, has moved forward since those dark days and now Avenue Q can poke fun without fear of crosses being burned on the lawn of the theater or politicians foaming at the mouth.

That's good. So is Avenue Q.

CAN YOU SAY SILLY? Broadway cast of Avenue Q (photo above) and their human handlers mug for a promotional shot.

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