After runs on Broadway, numerous tours, and even a stint in Las Vegas (the producers don't like to talk about that one), Avenue Q is returning to its roots. Mixed Blood Theatre's intimate West Bank firehouse will play host to the adventures of puppets Princeton, Kate Monster, Nicky, and Rod, and Trekkie Monster as they look for their "purpose" on the mean streets of New York. The show's Sesame Street send-up includes plenty of songs that teach life lessons, such as "Everybody's a Little Racist," "The Internet Is for Porn," and "If You Were Gay." Directed by Jack Reuler, the production—one of the first original visions of the piece—features brand-new puppets (with Open Eye Figure Theatre's Michael Sommers as puppet master), new arrangements, and a new set designed for Mixed Blood's intimate confines. Led by Tom Reed as the freshly minted English grad Princeton, the cast includes Rose Le Tran, Shawn Hamilton, Brian Skellenger, Seth Tucker, Bonni Allen, Eric Mayson, and Brittany Bradford as building super Gary Coleman.
Tuesdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.; Sundays, 3 p.m.; Sun., April 17, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., May 1, 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays, 10:30 p.m. Starts: March 25. Continues through May 29, 2011