“There’s a fine line between pretend and reality,” sang Katia Greene, who plays a sweet, naïve monster in Cohasset Dramatic Club’s richly topical production of the Tony award-winning musical ‘Avenue Q' on Sunday, March 17. That fine line is blurred a bit in its fun-loving puppet cast who explore a wealth of themes such as romance, the workplace, promiscuity, and life’s challenges.
Relevant and relatable, Cohasset Dramatic Club's ‘Avenue Q’ runs the gamut of emotions from discouragement to hopefulness, encouragement to misunderstanding, while bending that fine line between pretend and reality. It has heart, silliness, some shock value, and sympathetic characters.
Acting is difficult enough in a show, but to act as puppeteer at the same time takes some serious skills. The cast of ‘Avenue Q’ prove their multi-talent by simultaneously giving life to their character puppets, as well as acting the part themselves, playfully depicting a mature, satirical, and what seems like a loosely based version of Sesame Street. The production even comes equipped with a moral, but it should be noted the show is definitely too mature for youngsters.
Avenue Q is a decrepit neighborhood in New York City and naive Princeton, equipped with an English degree, embarks on the real world which is turning out to be surprising. Avenue Q’s cast is small and each person portrays multiple, sometimes interchangeable characters seamlessly throughout the production. Katia Greene adds zest and sweet wholesomeness to the part of Kate Monster while also depicting a mysterious woman named Lucy. Greg Webber shows a talent for voices as he portrays a friendly Nicky and a shocking Trekkie Monster. Mike Nakashima and Denise Feeney enchantingly portray characters that seem to be the life of the party. Tony Light and Sara Daly keep things grounded and shine as a zany couple. There is even a certain celebrity in the cast that is portrayed by Sonya Joyner.
Directed by Lisa Pratt and musically directed by Mark Bono, Cohasset Dramatic Club’s cheerful and outrageous musical ‘Avenue Q’ delivers a humorous, yet thought-provoking look at life.
Cohasset Dramatic Club’s final performances of ‘Avenue Q’ take place on Thursday, March 21, Friday, March 22 and Saturday, March 23 at 7:30 p.m. All performances will be held at Cohasset Town Hall at 41 Highland Avenue in Cohasset, Massachusetts. Order tickets by clicking here, calling 1-617-922-0280, and visiting www.cohassetdramaticclub.org and to learn more about their 2013 season.