I’m going to pull an Eeyore. Well, not quite an Eeyore; I’m happy, too. Van Wert Civic Theatre’s production of Avenue Q has closed its run.

The cute, adorable, and occasionally “naughty” puppets have all been put back in their storage containers, snuggled-in, awaiting Jerry Zimmerman to transport them back to their Kentucky home. I’ll chuckle as I remember Trekkie Monster “honking his horn” to online adult-entertainment, much to Kate Monster’s chagrin. I won’t soon forget Lucy the Slut’s provocative dance moves and her willingness to “make ya feel special.” I’ll cherish the saccharine-soaked dialogue of the Bad Idea Bears as they inspire, as if by magic, poor life choices.

I’ll be singing Christmas Eve’s, “The More You Ruv Someone” to my cat for weeks. I’ll applaud when an individual stands-up and owns his or her identity as Rod did. When I put on my underwear in the morning, I’ll hum Brian’s song “I’m Not Wearing Underwear Today” even though I’m definitely wearing underwear, today (Jan. 27). I’ll feel good every time I give to a worthy cause, because as Nicky says, “when you help others, you can’t help helping yourself.” I’ll hear Gary Coleman belting the lyrics to “Schadenfreude” and feel a tinge of joy when I see a person slip on the ice or when a waitress drops a tray of glasses.

I’ll remember, thanks to Princeton, that finding my purpose in life isn’t as important as just living it and learning from it. Avenue Q at Van Wert Civic Theatre had eight performances. The individuals involved had eight moments in which to showcase nearly two months of rehearsal and preparation. From the reeds and the drums to the actors and the puppets, Van Wert Civic Theatre would like to graciously thank all who were involved with Avenue Q, especially the audience members who endured the harsh winter elements to support the arts in Van Wert, Ohio; we applaud you.

Each performance is only for now. But, as we strike the set and say goodbye to Avenue Q, we are also saying hello to Don’t Drink the Water by Woody Allen. A cascade of comedy and a solid hit on Broadway, this affair takes place inside an American embassy behind the Iron Curtain. An American tourist, a caterer by trade, and his wife and daughter rush into the embassy two steps ahead of the police who suspect them of spying and picture taking. It’s not much of a refuge, for the ambassador is absent and his son, now in charge, has been expelled from a dozen countries and the continent of Africa. Nevertheless, they carefully and frantically plot their escape.

Director Christopher Buturff has selected a comically competent troupe of VWCT veterans to bring this Woody Allen classic to life. The solid cast includes Perry Luhn as Father Drobney, Steve Bricker as Ambassador Magee, Joe Maurer as Mr. Kilroy, Mac King as Axel Magee, Amber Evans as Marion Hollander, Steve Lane as Walter Hollander, Jenna Brunk as Susan Hollander, Gene Craft as Mr. Burns, Doug Grooms as Krojack, Monica Campbell as chef and sultan’s wife, Charlie Diefenbacher as the Sultan of Bashir, and Lisa Eichler as Countess Bordoni.

Don’t Drink the Water by Woody Allen will be performed March 13 through the 23.

Thank you again to all those involved in creating and supporting live theatre here in Van Wert, Ohio. Without the dedication of volunteers and supporters, Van Wert Civic Theatre would not exist. Your commitment to the arts is invaluable.

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