Ernest and Bertram

Muppets, Parody, Puppetry, Sesame Street, video

Avenue Q wasn’t the first attempt at parodying Bert and Ernie’s intimate roommate relationship. This 2002 short film by Peter Spears ran at the Sundance Film Festival, but was kept from further distribution when its director was served a cease and desist order by Sesame Workshop’s lawyers. The short is based loosely on The Children’s Hour, a tragic play by Lillian Hellman about unrequited love between two women.

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“There are lessons to be learned on Avenue Q: lessons about the fleeting nature of contentment and success, the highs and lows of passion, and the frustrated struggle to try and find a purpose in life. The fact that these lessons are presented by puppets that sing and dance seems clever rather than contrived.”

— Tom Smith’s review of Avenue Q, published in Theatre Journal, 2004

Production history, Quotes