14-16 July 2014
Reviewed by Amy Jones
Avenue Q is at the Sunderland Empire for 3 days only and What’s Good To Do were lucky enough to see it! Avenue Q, directed by Cressida Carrie, started off on broadway back in 2003 and is still going strong and currently touring the UK with a cast of people and puppets alike!
Avenue Q follows several characters individual stories of a close knit community living on Avenue Q, a fictional street in New York City. The main characters Kate Monsters, puppeted by Lucie-Mae Sumner, and Princeton, puppeted by Tom Sreedon have a quick romance fuelled by ‘the bad idea bears’. There romance has its ups and downs, there is hilarious scenes between the two that had the theatre in fits of laughter, which you definitely couldn’t have gotten away with if it wasn’t acted out with puppets! However, under all the humour there are underlying human issues, which keep the audience invested in the characters.
The songs are extremely catchy and very funny. I can’t think of a single song in which I wasn’t either tapping my feet, or laughing along with the rest of the audience. Trekkie monster, puppeted by Stephen Arden, is particularly funny – one of his songs is utterly hilarious, but definitely not suitable for younger audiences. Fans of 1980’s American pop culture will definitely like a lot of the references throughout the show.
The puppeteers did a brilliant job in bringing the characters to life! Most of the time you didn’t even pay attention to what the actors were doing as you were so captivated by the puppets. When you did notice the actors it only helped to illustrate a point, or provide an added punch line to a joke. One of the standouts was definitely Luce-Mae who at one point was controlling one of puppets, while singing for one of the other stars.
Overall, Avenue Q was funny, quirky, quick witted and very clever highly recommended if you fancy a very funny and entertaining night out at the theatre definitely a 4.5/5.
Tickets cost from £17.90 to £38.90 (plus £2.85 transaction fee).
Avenue Q is at the Sunderland Empire until 16 July 2014. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 0844 871 3022.
Sunderland Empire, High Street West, Sunderland, SR1 3EX | 0844 871 3022