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Exploring every ‘Avenue Q’ puppet

November 19, 2009

Published by Metro

> ‘Sesame Street’ grows up > Nicky and Rod talk about their brand new neighbor in a slightly darker way than ‘People in Your Neighborhood’

The fuzzy puppets that inhabit “Avenue Q” won’t teach their audiences how to sing the ABC’s. These mature Sesame Street-like adult puppets have real problems: sex, racism, morals and finding a purpose in life.

The show centers on Avenue Q newcomer Princeton. He has big dreams when he moves to New York City but like many a recent graduate, ends up in a shabby outer-borough with a medley of not-so-successful neighbors.

Metro spoke to Princeton’s two odd-couple neighbors, Rod, a sexually confused investment banker and Nicky, his slacker roommate.

What’s Avenue Q like?
It is very diverse. Gays, blacks, Asians, monsters, sluts. It’s just a nice mix of all types of people.

What did you think of your neighbor Princeton when he first moved in?
Rod: Princeton is a wide eyed college graduate…what more needs to be said. He’s got a lot to learn.
Nicky: He was nice. A definite new addition to poker night. All us guys were excited.  And the girls were too for other reasons!

How would you describe each other?
Rod: Nicky is a good person at heart. Despite his sloppy and disrespectful nature we balance out quite nicely.
Nicky: He is so smart and driven and I strive to be like him.  He also plays dress up with me every once in awhile and we make home videos.  He always likes to be the girl characters and I like to be the cool main guy so it works out perfectly.

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