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new-aveq-bothlocationsI’ve seen Avenue Q twice now, but a third time may be on my agenda, thanks to this deal:

The Horizon Theatre is reviving its production of Avenue Q, and they’ll be putting on two versions of it: Most of the shows at Oglethorpe University’s Conant Performing Arts Center with feature the adult edition of the play; however, if you head out on July 8, 2015, you can catch a PG-13 version.

If you’ve never seen it, here’s my take on it (the adult version, that is…): Avenue Q is hilarious. I laughed so hard, especially during Act 1, that tears were streaming down my face. The show is not politically correct–far from it, actually–but it’s fun. Complete with puppet sex, profanity, beer, & real-life problems, it’s essentially a grown-up version of Sesame Street (the characters are in their 20s & 30s), only without the happy-go-lucky vibe.

I’ll admit that I was skeptical about a show starring puppets & people, but it’s very well done. The puppeteers do an amazing job of giving inanimate objects a sense of expression & emotion, and everything just seems to fit.

Warnings & disclaimers: Avenue Q “contains full puppet nudity” and it “has not been authorized or approved by The Jim Henson Company or Sesame Street Workshop, which have no responsibility for its content.” For some of you, that’s all you need to know.

That said, it also won Tony Awards for best musical, best score, & best book. So, if you’re OK with something that’s a bit irreverent, you may want to go. Told by a cast of people & puppets, the comedy (to state the obvious) “full of heart and hummable tunes” is about “trying to make it in NYC with big dreams and a tiny bank account.”

FYI–The PG-13 version maintains the basic story line and the comedy of the original, but it is edited for content to make it appropriate for teenagers. It will play all nights at Piedmont Park & for three of the performances at the Conant Center. That said, neither version of the production is intended for young children.

The deals:

  • While they last, you can save on tickets to Avenue Q’s Conant Center performances, thanks to a deal on Goldstar. As of today (June 30), discount tickets are available for both performances on July 4, 2015.
  • While they last, you can save on tickets to Avenue Q’s Conant Center performances, thanks to a deal on Poshdealz. As of today (June 30), discount tickets are available for performances on July 3, 4, & 5, 2015.
  • Tickets start at $30 for Avenue Q’s Conant Center performances. There’s a student ticket discount available, plus groups save on tickets, too ($3 off for groups of 10-24 & $5 off for groups of 25+). Should you want to splurge, VIP tickets start at $50, and they include a pre-show reserved table, a bottle of wine, & other perks. The grounds at Oglethorpe University are an excellent spot for a picnic, so pack one for a night out on the cheap. Bonus: Parking is free.

Avenue Q will take place at the Promenade green space in Piedmont Park (North end, near the Atlanta Botanical Garden) as well as at the Conant Performing Arts Center at Oglethorpe University, located at 4484 Peachtree Rd. NE, Atlanta.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

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