The A to Z of a crisis, sung by puppets

December 09, 2007|By Brian Truitt | Brian Truitt,Special to The Sun

They speak frankly about racism, they sing racy songs, they're addicted to Internet porn and they're puppets. But the colorful characters of the Broadway musical Avenue Q also deal with a topical subject that is near and dear to today's younger generation: the so-called "quarterlife crisis."

The tale of Princeton, the hope-filled hero who moves into an outer borough of New York City when avenues A through P don't have much in the way of cheap real estate, comes this week to the Hippodrome Theatre and touches on such universal issues as failures in the job market, relationship troubles, insecurities about the future, yearnings for the good ol' days of the campus quad and the insecurities that come with adult-level responsibility. You can see the quarterlife crisis alive and in Technicolor weekly on TV with the likes of Scrubs and Reaper, on the big screen in Knocked Up and the rest of the Judd Apatow oeuvre, and even on the Internet thanks to the popular Web series Quarterlife.

Avenue Q Tuesday through Dec. 23. Hippodrome Theatre at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center, 12 N. Eutaw St. $25-$65. 410-547-7328 or ticketmaster.com. Recommended for ages 13 and older.

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