Including the infamous octopus.
Went and saw Avenue Q last night at the Orpheum theater here in SF. It was my first time seeing a broadway-style musical, and it was uproarious. Amazing. The puppeteers danced, sang and manipulated their felt avatars at the same time and never missed a beat. The songs were catchy, the set was clever and impressive.
It was entirely fun. Highly recommended.
For those who don't know, Avenue Q is a musical about a handful of puppets and people who live in a poor area of NY. They fall in and out of love, search for meaning in their lives and have explicit puppet sex.
Watching it, i couldn't help but think of "Understanding Comics" and the power of the iconic character. If the puppets had been played by actors the play would have been weighed down with our judgments of those actors, and how they moved, sang, dressed and so on. But by using the iconic puppets you skip all that. They are pure characters. They shoot straight past our judgey brains and hit us as raw story elements. Shit works, is all I'm saying.
This is pretty hilarious. He is completely fucked up, and possibly in Japan.
They actually do play themselves, requiring no--or very, very little--interaction from the player. This is remarkable level design.
The above video is of a loud and angry man outting the fakes. The fake protestors were given away by wearing cop boots.
The final minute is best. Don't miss it.
From "Planet Earth."
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