Review: “Avenue-Q” at the Raleigh Little Theatre

Review: “Avenue-Q” at the Raleigh Little Theatre

Review by James Johnson And we’re back – well, kind of. I wasn’t able to grab Ruth this week for co-hosting duties (she hasn’t been taking my calls), so I decided that instead of recording a new episode where I awkwardly try to have good chemistry with myself (that’s how you go blind), I would instead do this review in much the same way as we have done previous reviews – in text. . As evidenced by the headline, this is a review of the Raleigh Little Theatre’s final production of the season, “Avenue Q” written by Robert Lopez, Jeff Marx and Jeff Whitty. The show, which will end its run on June 25, is essentially Sesame Street for adults. Very crass adults. The story follows recent college graduate Princeton (puppeteered by Aaron Boles) as he moves into an apartment on Avenue Q, in search of his life’s purpose. Along the way, Princeton makes friends with his new landlord, disgraced child star Gary Coleman (Brandi Parker), new neighbors Rod and Nicky (Bradley Waelbrock and Freddy Perkins, respectively), neighborhood pervert Trekkie Monster (Aubrey Comperatore), married non-puppet couple Christmas Eve (Alex Matsuo) and Brian (Brett Yates), and new love interest Kate Monster (Brett Williams). Along the way, Princeton faces temptation from a puppet named Lucy the Slut (Lydia D. Kinton) and distraction from the appropriately named Bad Idea Bears (played by Matthew Sheaffer and Mary Bain). The show has aged quite a bit since its Broadway debut in 2003. For example, there is a song about gifting a love interest a mixtape on CD, and the most notable sign of age,...
NCTS Reviews “Batboy: the Musical” at RLT and 1776 at Thalian Hall

NCTS Reviews “Batboy: the Musical” at RLT and 1776 at Thalian Hall

This week we finally live up to our name and cover three different North Carolina theatres in three different cities. First we do a review of the Raleigh Little Theatre’s new summer musical, “Batboy: the Musical.” After that, Ruth reviews Thalian Hall‘s production of 1776, and then we cap the show off with an interview with Dan Shoemaker of the Actors Theatre of Charlotte, regarding the theatre’s search for a new home. To learn more about each theatre, click their names above. As always, we invite you to listen, share and comment. http://media.blubrry.com/nctheaterstories/p/www.nctheaterstories.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/NCTSep4s3.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window |...