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Avenue Q finds home at Playhouse Merced
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Playhouse Merced is bringing Avenue Q to the neighborhood through May 14. - photo by Photo Contributed

The smash comedy musical “Avenue Q” is coming to the stage at Playhouse Merced for a three-week run.

“Avenue Q,” which won Tony awards for Best Musical, Best Score, and Best Book the year it hit Broadway, opens tonight and runs through May 14.

“Avenue Q” is the story of a recent college graduate named Princeton who moves into a seedy neighborhood after discovering that it’s all he can afford.  As he struggles with life after college, he discovers how little he really knows about careers, friendships, and sex in the 21st century.  No topic is off limits as Princeton and the other residents of Avenue Q struggle to find their place in the world.

The show uses a mix of live actors, puppets, and puppeteers, and while it bears a resemblance to “Sesame Street,” it is definitely a show for adults.

“Avenue Q” may bear some resemblance to a well-known children’s show, but the irreverent humor is aimed at adults who are looking for great music, a lot of heart, and an absurd amount of laughter,” said Playhouse Merced spokesperson Shawn Overton.

For tickets and information, go to or call the Playhouse Merced Box Office at (209) 725-8587.  Tickets are $22, or $10 with a valid student ID.  “Avenue Q” is intended for adults only, and is not for the easily offended.