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Puppets take stage in adult comedy

  • The “stars” of “Avenue Q” wait patiently for opening night at the Winnipesaukee Playhouse on Thursday but don’t be fooled: these are not your children’s puppets. Courtesy

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Published: 7/10/2019 4:33:58 PM
Modified: 7/10/2019 4:33:48 PM

The stage may be populated by puppet characters, but don’t confuse this for Sesame Street. Avenue Q is coming to the Winnipesaukee Playhouse, and this is one show when you ought to leave the kids at home.

The Tony-award winning musical opens Thursday in a “questionable” neighborhood of New York City. Residents include Brian, who is unemployed; his fiancee, Christmas Eve; Kate, a single gal who is also a teacher; Nikky and Rod; building superintendent Gary Coleman; and new-to-the block, Princeton, a recent college grad.

The 20-somethings are funny foul-mouthed, hilarious and horny, smart and sassy.

Princeton gets a lot of advice from his new friends in song; numbers include “Everyone’s a Little Bit Racist,” “The Internet is for Porn,” There is Life Outside Your Apartment.” (See why you want to leave the kids at home?)

Yet, none of that advice answers his original question: “What Do You Do With a B.A. in English?”

The cast includes Leanne Brunn as Kate Monster and Lucy the Slut, TJ Lamando as Princeton and Rod, Chris Hendricks as Trekkie Monster and Nikky, Lindsey Bristol as Mrs. T and Bear, Amelia Fei as Christmas Eve, Tiffany Renee as Gary Coleman and Landon Shaw as Brian. The ensemble is directed by Fran Page, who has worked with puppets and people before.

“Same fur, same heart with different hands and less time, an exciting challenge filled with love, laughter and plenty of sight gags,” Page said in a statement.

Performances run Thursday through July 20 daily (except Sundays) at 7:30 p.m. with additional shows Monday at 2 p.m. and July 18 at 2 p.m. Add-ons included with that day’s ticket include a Friday “How Did They Do That?” backstage tour and discussion; a July 17 post-show talk with the cast, and a pre-show symposium on July 18.

Ticket range from $20 to $39.

For more information or to buy tickets, visit

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