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MusicalFare takes hit production of ‘Avenue Q’ to 710 Main Theatre

What’s the secret to delivering raunchy humor to supposedly buttoned-up Broadway audiences?

Puppets.

That, in a nutshell, is the deceptively simple and enduring genius of Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx’s 2003 musical “Avenue Q,” which has been a hit with local audiences both in Shea’s Performing Arts Center and at MusicalFare Theatre, which produced it in 2012.

Now, MusicalFare is bringing its acclaimed production back for a three-week run in the 710 Main Theatre (710 Main St.) opening Thursday.

The show, built upon a Gen-X reverence and nostalgia for “Sesame Street” that appeals to audiences both older and younger, explores the lives of a group of 20-something characters (both human and monster) trying to make it on the outer orbit of a gritty metropolis. It is shot through with utterly indecent, “South Park”-level humor that seems a few shades more innocuous than it is because it is delivered by felt-covered creatures.

Doug Weyand directs the mostly veteran cast, which features Jacob Albarella, Charmagne Chi, Jeffrey Coyle, Maria Droz, Amy Jakiel, Dominique Kempf and Marc Sacco. The puppet designs are by Adam Kreutinger, the local art teacher and longtime puppet designer who recently dressed up as “Shark Girl” for his students.

In his 2012 review of the production at MusicalFare, Ben Siegel called the musical “a show of minimal scale, negligible theatrics, and good old-fashioned puppetry” that “exists outside of the mold of today’s cineplex-motivated Broadway offerings.”

Tickets are $40. Call 847-1410 or visit sheas.org/710main.

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