'Avenue Q' resides in Tel Aviv

Although inspired by Sesame Street, the show deals with racism, homosexuality and pornography.

By MAXIM REIDER
September 10, 2007 09:16
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Avenue Q, the Tony award-winning musical and Broadway hit, will be presented in its Hebrew version at Tel Aviv's Beit Lessin theater starting on October 23. Although the show is inspired by Sesame Street, the problems its characters encounter are quite adult and include racism, homosexuality and pornography. The show is anything but politically correct. "It's like real life, but much funnier," said the actors at a preview presentation last week. The Hebrew version of the show is staged by young and successful Israeli director Moshe Kaftan and the cast features popular local actors. Roi Bar Natan plays recent college graduate Princeton, Idan Alterman plays Nicky (and his longtime roommate, Rod), Tali Oren is Kate Monster, an assistant kindergarten teacher, and Niki Goldstein is Internet addict Trekkie Monster. Michal Yanai guest stars as the tough superintendent of the miserable apartment building.

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