Staff Pick: Avenue Q delights in its immaturity

From the March 28, 2013 edition

When CATCO first presented its production of Broadway’s behemoth hit “Avenue Q” last August, it had to extend the irreverent show’s original run because the musical was so popular. The hilariously immature “Mature Audiences Only” musical is back again.

No one is safe from the searing satire of the Avenue’s furry characters that live in an adult version of “Sesame Street.” The score includes such good-time hits as “If You Were Gay,” “It Sucks to be Me” and “Everyone’s a Little Bit Racist.”

This version of “Avenue Q” has plenty of local ties — CATCO’s Steven Anderson directed, OSU theater department professor and puppet master Beth Kattelman made the puppets, Ohio actors comprise the cast — but the poignant lambasting of today’s society for which “Avenue Q” is beloved is alive and well, no strings attached.

Catch a preview performance of “Avenue Q” at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 3, for only $11.50. Tickets to all other performances range between $33.50 and $45.