University of Oklahoma stages offbeat, R-rated musical 'Avenue Q'

The Tony Award-winning musical “Avenue Q” is on view through Sunday at the University of Oklahoma.
BY JOHN BRANDENBURG Modified: November 7, 2012 at 11:57 pm •  Published: November 10, 2012
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Courtney Nevin also had her moments as Kate Monster's bad boss puppet, and joining Kahn as one of two Bad Idea Bear puppets, urging drinkers to drink too much, and supplying rope to the suicidal.

Balancing the puppets were the people, played with great panache by Sean McGee as the clown-like Brian, Dorcas Leung as his stereotypical Asian wife, and Kyra Wharton as former child star Gary Coleman.

McGee led the company in a stirring rendition of “There Is A Life Outside Your Apartment,” while Leung explained to Kate in a delightful duet that you often want to kill the person you love. Spry, resilient and turning her use of a cane (due to an actual injury) into a valuable prop, Wharton was at her best explaining “Schadenfreude,” joy in others' misfortune.

Ending the evening on an upbeat note were a loving spoof-tribute to Dickensian generosity in “The Money Song,” and a moving performance by the company of the existentialist anthem, “For Now.” Backed by a six-piece band conducted by Harold Mortimer, the offbeat, R-rated musical is highly recommended.

— John Brandenburg