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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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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See you at the show!