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We’ve known for a while that the Internet is for porn, but when Avenue Q initially hit Broadway in 2003, it was good to have its catchy ditty remind us. The hilariously raunchy musical has returned to the Valley this month.

The Muppet-esque puppets and Sesame Street-style songs by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx (with book by Jeff Whitty) make the travails of 20-somethings trying to figure out their purpose satisfyingly entertaining. The awkward transition to delayed adulthood is undertaken by Princeton, a recent college grad with no job prospects, and Kate Monster, a kindergarten teaching assistant, with plenty of comic relief from characters like the gruff-voiced Trekkie Monster and a fictionalized version of Gary Coleman as the hard-luck-child-star turned building superintendent.

Avenue Q is at Phoenix Theatre, 100 East McDowell Road, with a matinee performance at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 4. Tickets range from $30 to $75. This show’s run has been extended through Sunday, May 25. For more additional information, visit

Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Saturdays, 3 p.m.; Sundays, 3 p.m. Starts: April 10. Continues through June 1, 2014
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Jose Gonzalez