While not a fresh take on the satire of Jim Henson’s iconic Bert, Ernie, Cookie Monster, et al., Stage 2’s production, directed by Joe Cramer, entertained its audience.
The show’s greatest strength is that the cast members “manipulating” the puppets do so universally well, with the symbiosis between actor and puppet so strong that you often forget to look at the actors’ faces and focus on the puppets instead. Kudos as well to the show’s puppet master, Ashley Wereley.
Standout performances include the musical’s Everyman, Brian Saice, playing Princeton, the newest resident of Avenue Q and woebegone B.A. English major, looking for his special purpose in life. Saice provides the show’s heart and soul, making us care about how he and the other denizens of the mythical New York neighborhood at the end of the subway line will fare by evening’s end.
Glee Schultz is completely convincing in all three of her roles, as the nasty kindergarten teacher Miss Thistletwat, the temptress Girl Bad Idea Bear, and most particularly as Lucy the Slut. Sashaying as the Slut puppet and as the actress behind the slinky, overstuffed femme fatale, Schultz’s command of the stage is a joy to watch.
Read the full review on duluthnewstribune.com.
This review originally appeared in the Duluth News Tribune on July 31, 2015 and was written by Sheryl Jensen.
When: July 31 – August 22 | Thursday – Saturday
Time: All shows @ 7:30pm
Where: The Underground (506 West Michigan Street, Duluth MN 55802 | Lower level of the train depot)
Tickets: Adults – $20 | Students – $16
Purchase: Online at duluthunderground.org, call 218.733.7555, or stop by in-person at the box office