Avenue Q, featuring felt creatures in an uproarious musical about young adults trying to make it in New York City, is like Sesame Street meets Friends, if Friends were a PG-13 movie. Strong language and adult themes are involved, so this one is not recommended for the kiddies, though it is an all-ages venue (and let's face it, youngsters hear worse on the playground). Running since the top of the month, the Tony Award–winning musical has been a smash for the Valley venue with a cast of locals taking on the music and lyrics of Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx — who initially conceived Avenue Q as a television series, then developed it for the stage in 2002. Sassy and sardonic numbers like "Everyone's a Little Bit Racist" delve into topical issues but somehow manage not to come off gratuitous — unlike that recent Melissa McCarthy movie! Avenue Q is, in fact, warmly nuanced and, ironically, a hilarious and honest show about humanity.
A play starring puppets in a space called Cupcake might suggest some good clean family fun, but don't get it twisted, this ain't no Bob Baker's Marionette Theater production. The Broadway hit