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Strolling Down 'Avenue Q'

04/25/13
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Photo by Lee Pellegrini

By Rosanne Pellegrini | Chronicle Staff

Published: Apr. 25, 2013

Boston College theatre students are finishing up a unique learning experience with the staging of “Avenue Q,” which opened at the Robsham Theater Arts Center yesterday and runs through a Sunday matinee performance.

The contemporary musical comedy tells the timeless coming-of-age story of young adult puppets living in tenements on the fringes of New York City — the rundown “Avenue Q.” And while several puppets are parodies of “Sesame Street” regulars, they are in their 20s and 30s and face adult problems. Despite the fuzzy faces, organizers note, it is an adult show, not suitable for children.

  Professional puppeteers Brad Shur and Roxie Myhrum – artist-in-residence and artistic director of the Puppet Showplace Theatre in Brookline, respectively - collaborated throughout this academic year with BC students in preparation for the production. Nine students participated in a fall workshop with Shur to construct the puppet actors. Throughout this semester, Myhrum has served as puppetry coach for the student actors.

Tickets for “Avenue Q” are available via the Box Office or via the web site: www.bc.edu/robsham.