Some time ago, my friends and I staged one of the evenings of the Manila production of “Avenue Q”. It’s the kind of show where the songs are fun to sing, the puppets are absolutely lovable, the theme politically incorrect. All these make for the perfect formula to have me falling off my seat!
It’s the kind of play that leaves your entire face aching from an evening of marathon laughter
For our designated show night, I managed to draw and conceptualize the souvenir program called “Libretto” — coined after the booklet containing words and stage directions used for operas, theater and musicals. It also happens to be a play of two words: “libre” (free) and “ito” (this)
In his search for a place to live in New York city, armed with only a tiny bank account and a desperate effort to find his purpose in this world, Princeton ends up in the only neighborhood he can afford — Avenue Q. Not only does he find a new roommate, but he befriends a bunch of irreverent characters whose lives suck: a smart, pretty and sweet schoolteacher who can’t find a boyfriend; a jobless, 30-something wannabe comedian who’s married to a clientless therapist; a furry neighbor who feasts on shady internet sites all day; a happy-go-lucky slacker who bunks with a well-starched but secretly flamboyant investment banker; and a building administrator who happens to be the washed-out 80′s TV star Gary Coleman.
Avenue Q is the Tony Award-winning story that reminds us that to get from point A to point B, we simply must weave through the hodgepodge called life (and steer clear of the Bad Idea Bears!)