SF Chronicle Lauds Filthy Play as 'Raunchy, Irreverent Fun'
The song titles say it all: “It Sucks to Be Me,” “Everyone's a Little Bit Racist,” “If You Were Gay,” and “The Internet Is for Porn.”
Avenue Q, the “
Cartoons can get away with depicting things that live actors could never do. “Avenue Q” replaces cartoons with
The story revolves around Princeton, a man who moves to
Rather than teaching letters or numbers, the puppets teach
San Francisco Chronicle theater critic Robert Hurwitt just loves it, describing the musical as "hilariously inventive," and "smart, sassy and fresh." Hurwitt writes, “The upliftingly outrageous, Muppets-liberated humor, graphic puppet sex and anything-goes attitudes still hit their comically shocking marks in performance no matter how many times you've heard “It Sucks to Be Me,” “Everyone's a Little Bit Racist” or “The Internet Is for Porn.””
While addressing important issues, the songs rely on vulgarity to convey their disturbing messages.
“The Internet Is for Porn” contains the line “Grab your d--- and double click” while implying all men look at porn on the Internet. A main character drops the f-word into “It Sucks to Be Me” as neighbors debate who has the worst life. “Everyone's a Little Bit Racist” includes the cliché of having an Asian person mixing up her r's and l's.
“If You Were Gay,” a song not mentioned in Hurwitt's review, offers the gem “You can count on me / To always be / Beside you every day / To tell you it's okay/ You were just born/ That way / And, as they say / It's in your DNA / You're gay!”
Live theater ought to be the crème-de-la-crème of entertainment. One wonders why somebody would drive downtown and shell out ninety bucks to see the sort of squalid nonsense he could watch at home on cable.