The highlight of the performance came at the end of the show, when the entire ensemble joined for the song, “For Now.” Here we were treated to cast members with different puppets on each hand, singing verses in alternating voices, a brilliant display of the difficulty of their roles and the uniqueness of their talent.
Not everyone gets a happy ending by the close of the show. Princeton may never find his purpose, but the show ends on a hopeful note, stating that things may be bad, but the bad times won’t last forever. It is a nice sentiment for a show that is as raunchy and silly as Avenue Q, and you could leave the theater with a smile on your face. Only you can decide if the hopeful feeling will last or if, like the song says, it is only "For Now."
About the theater: The Palace Theater in Waterbury, Connecticut is celebrating its Fifth Anniversary Gala Season this year. Since its reopening in 2004, the theater has hosted close to 480 live performances. Its vision is to “build a strong sense of community and an appreciation for the arts by operating, maintaining and sustaining the Palace Theater as a financially viable not-for-profit performing arts center that provides positive artistic, cultural, educational, social and financial impact to the Greater Waterbury area.”
This former vaudeville house has undergone a $30 million restoration and is now the most beautiful theater I’ve ever been in. As I walked around it, and even after seeing the spacious restroom, I thought that if New York theaters were like this one, they would be worth the astronomical prices they charge for admission.
Luckily, Connecticut residents and those willing to take the scenic drive to the Palace Theater can see Broadway shows, concerts, comedians, and the ballet at affordable prices. After Avenue Q, the rest of their 2009–2010 Broadway series will include The Color Purple, Hairspray, Cirque Dreams Illumination, A Chorus Line, and Beauty and Beast. Additional information can be found at the Palace Theater website, or call 203-755-4700.