Avenue Q touches on issues faced by people every day, through puppetry

FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Puppets are often thought of as children's entertainment.
But 'Avenue Q' is far from a children's show.
Avenue Q is a play that follows a group of young adults as they find their place in the big city.
Play Director Gwendolyn Brazier explains what the play is about.
"It is a story about a character who has just gotten out of college and is trying to figure out how to be an adult, and all the trials and tribulations of that. And then there are a lot of other stories that are going on as well about someone coming out and then another story about just being a good friend and dealing with homelessness, so there is actually a lot of issues that are dealt with through puppetry," said Brazier.
Brazier says she has seen the play on Broadway three times and feels it is exactly the type of play Fairbanks needs.
She stressed the play is rated R as it portrays some adult content, but she believes it has a good message.
"I think the show has something for everyone. You will come away with a sense of being able to laugh at some of the harder issues that we deal with, not in a derisive way, not in a bad way, but in a happy way that we can just let go of some of the anger and the pain we have been dealing with as a country," said Brazier.
Avenue Q opens Friday night at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Salisbury Theater and portrays both puppet and people actors.
The play will run for two weekends, beginning at 7:30 PM Friday and Saturday, with matinees at 2 PM Sundays.