April 30, 2012

Avenue Q


Brought back for the second year in a row due to popular demand, the Phoenix Theatre is once again producing the smash hit Avenue Q. This twisted version of Sesame Street is an adult comedy with puppets and very grown-up problems.

The show is perfect for anyone who has graduated from college in the past decade. Filled with ambition and ideals, Princeton graduates from college and heads out in the real world to find his purpose. He quickly realizes that he has no place to live, no job and no way to pay his bills; a common problem for recent grads in this struggling economy. He moves to Avenue Q, an odd street where Gary Coleman becomes his superintendent and monsters live in the building.


It’s no wonder Phoenix’ audiences flipped for this musical last summer. Director Bryan Fonseca has pulled together an amazing cast that is clearly having fun with the show.

Claire Wilcher pulls double-duty as Trekkie Monster and Lucy the Slut. She’s brilliant in both roles; showcasing her sassy nature and belting out Trekkie’s line with gusto. Jason Gloye and Eric J. Olson are the perfect pair as the Bad News Bears and a Bert and Ernie-style roommates (Rod and Nicky).

The role of Princeton seems tailor made for Ben Tebbe. His earnest face and cheerful demeanor make him easily relatable. His love interest, Kate Monster, is played by Emily Ristine. The two are sweet together and it doesn’t take long to get the crowd rooting for them.


The humor and language are not appropriate for kids, so don’t be fooled by the fuzzy puppets. Instead, take your friends and remember a time before you realized “It Sucks to Be Me.”

*One interesting side note, the show is sponsored by Tire Barn Warehouse which is currently running TV commercials featuring two of the productions stars.

Buy your tickets fast, because this show is selling out every show!  

Don't Miss the Show 

For more information about the Phoenix Theatre, visit www.phoenixtheatre.org. The theater is located at 749 N. Park Ave., Indianapolis, just off Massachusetts Ave. 


Performances: The show runs until May 13 and offers four performances a week. Thursdays begin at 7 p.m., Friday and Saturdays begin at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.

Tickets: To purchase tickets, call (317) 635-PLAY (7529). Prices range from $20 to $30.

Photos Courtesy of the Phoenix Theatre

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