March 16 Avenue Q Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St. 7:30 p.m., $25-$60, ticketomaha.com or 345.0606 The 2004 Tony-award winner for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book, Avenue Q doesn’t necessarily go into full-on attack mode against the “you are sooo special”-vibe given off in classic children’s television programs such as “Sesame Street.” But the play’s poor, 20-something New York City-dwelling characters (which are furry puppets, some not all that unlike a few of Jim Henson’s characters) do discuss how disappointing it is to discover that life is not that easy and you are not sooo special after all. Just like you probably did at one time or another. Then they go on to have relationships (yes, there’s a hilarious sex scene and yes, there’s a mixtape involved at one point) and encounter difficult social situations, all the while trying to achieve big dreams without big money. Just like you probably did at one time or another, too. The disclaimer for the uproarious and uplifting Avenue Q carries this Parental Advisory: “60 percent adult situations; 40 percent foam rubber or in some cases 80 percent Tony-winning hilarity; 10 percent adult situations and 10 percent foam rubber.” In other words, these puppets aren’t for kiddies.


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