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“Avenue Q” Spices Up the Holidays, at NCTC, S.F

“Avenue Q” Spices Up the Holidays, at NCTC, S.F

Lopez & Marx’s Adult Sesame Street Meets Queer Musical by Kim Waldron “I love the lively ones,” said my friend, after seeing “Avenue Q.”  She’s right. Spirited and profane, with smart lyrics, this musical pleases everyone—except The Grinch and Ted Cruz. For some an adult parody of “Sesame Street” seems an odd staple for the holidays. Yet opening night was sold out for this, the sixth consecutive December of “Avenue Q” at New Conservatory Theatre Center, a true San Francisco…

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“Pike Street”—Amazing Array of Lower East Side Lives, at Berkeley Rep

“Pike Street”—Amazing Array of Lower East Side Lives, at Berkeley Rep

Nilaja Sun Embodies Beautiful New York Voices, Powerfully by Barry David Horwitz When Nilaja Sun tells us to take a deep breath at the beginning of the show, we willingly breathe with her. In one sense, “Pike Street” is a show about us. Sun, a consummate solo performer, draws us in and never lets us go. She takes us moment by moment through a hurricane with unforgettable people. Like her character Evelyn, a hardworking mother on the Lower East Side…

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“The Motherf**ker with the Hat”: A Compelling Ride, at Four Lost Souls, S.F.

“The Motherf**ker with the Hat”: A Compelling Ride, at Four Lost Souls, S.F.

Stephen Adly Guirgis’ Rollicking Rollercoaster of Sex & Addiction   by Joan-Kirsti Brennan In Man’s Search for Meaning, Viktor E. Frankl describes an “existential vacuum”: people “haunted by the experience of their inner emptiness, a void within themselves.” Searching for answers outside themselves, the characters in Stephen Adly Guirgis’ sharp New York comedy orbit the void, hoping to fill it with drugs, love, sex, violence, or even nutritional beverages. Set Designer Travis Clark and Director Peter Allas have wittily created settings…

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“Avenue Q”—Well Worth the Jaunt, at NCTC, S.F.

“Avenue Q”—Well Worth the Jaunt, at NCTC, S.F.

Witty Musical Comedy Pornifies Sesame Street by Kim Waldron Songs ranging from “You Can Be as Loud as the Hell You Want (When You’re Makin’ Love)”  to “Schadenfreude” to “It Sucks to Be Me”  guarantee laughter and a light heart in the now-classic “Avenue Q,” a racy version of Sesame Street. “Avenue Q” has grown into a bona fide holiday tradition— extended two weeks even before it opened. “Avenue Q” has what every tradition needs: energy and joy, plus the…

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