Avenue Q at Manoa Valley Theatre

HONOLULU, Oahu (HawaiiNewsNow) - Avenue Q is a sharp-witted and hilarious coming-of-age parable, satirizing the issues and anxieties associated with entering adulthood. Its characters lament that as children, they were assured by their parents, and by children's television programs such as PBS's Sesame Street, that they were "special" and "could do anything"; but as adults, they have discovered to their surprise and dismay that in the real world their options are not unlimited, and they are no more special than anyone else.

Princeton is a bright-eyed college grad who comes to New York City with big dreams and a tiny bank account. He soon discovers that the only neighborhood in his price range is Avenue Q; still, the neighbors seem nice. There's Brian the out-of-work comedian and his therapist fiancée Christmas Eve; Nicky the good-hearted slacker and his roommate Rod-a Republican investment banker who seems to have some sort of secret; an Internet addict called Trekkie Monster; and a very cute kindergarten teaching assistant named Kate. The building's superintendent is Gary Coleman, the ultimate example of a promising childhood hitting the skids of adult reality. Together, Princeton and his newfound friends struggle to find jobs, dates, and their ever-elusive purpose in life.

Avenue Q won Tony Awards in 2004 for Best Musical, Best Original Score and Best Original Book. The MVT production is one of the first community theatre productions in the nation and uses puppets from the official play licensing house. They are modeled closely after the original Broadway puppets (which were designed and built by original cast member Rick Lyon, each costing up to $10,000 to create, and requiring up to 120 hours of hand fabrication per character).

Renowned puppetry consultant Pam Arciero provided hands-on instruction to MVT's cast and directors to bring the puppets to life on stage. Arciero is a puppeteer and voice-over artist who is best known in the Muppet world for her role on Sesame Street as Oscar the Grouch's girlfriend, Grundgetta. She has been a principal puppeteer on Sesame Street for 25 years, performing numerous characters. She is the Artistic Director of the National Puppetry Conference at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, and has worked on many adult and children's programs including Blue's Clues Blue's Room and Chappelle's Show.

The show is recommended for ages 14 and up.

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Avenue Q

Dates: March 3 - April 3

Time: Thur. 7:30 p.m., Fri. 8 p.m., Sat. 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sun. 4 p.m.

Location: Manoa Valley Theatre

Price: Regular adult admission $39; seniors and military $34; youth 25 years old and under $24.

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