Caught in the Act

Take a Wild Ride on Avenue Q, but Steer Away from Car Talk

By Jared Bowen

June 28, 2012

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Cast of the musical Avenue Q singing "The Internet Is for Porn."

Listen to Jared's review on Morning Edition with Bob Seay on 89.7 FM WGBH.

BOSTON — This week's pick of entertainment ranges from hilarious to, well ... rusty.

cartalkCar Talk: The Musical!!!
Presented by Underground Railway Theater and Suffolk University
At Central Square Theater
Through August 12

This musical comedy is inspired by the legendary National Public Radio show, Car Talk. The hero, Rusty Fenders, attempts to salvage happiness from the junkyard of his life. He collides with his ruthless boss, Beaulah Gasket, his unrequited office romance Sheila and the red-hot fantasy car Miata C. LaChassis. Rusty finally visits the "Wizard of Cahs," but not in time to save him — or this show — from a musical wipe-out. Long-time Car Talk fans may find the puns that reference the radio show entertaining, but overall the story leaves much to be desired.

avenue_qAvenue Q
Presented by the Lyric Stage Company of Boston
Through July 1

Part flesh (humans) and part felt (puppets), this is a fantastic production that tells the timeless story of a recent college grad who moves into a shabby New York apartment all the way out on Avenue Q. There, he meets the girl next door, a Republican, an internet sexpert and Gary Coleman. Together the crew help our grad discover his purpose in life. With songs like "The Internet Is for Porn" and "Everyone's a Little Bit Racist," what's not to love?

Warning: contains adult language and puppet nudity.

In theaters Friday

Seth MacFarlane, creator of the television hit Family Guy, pushes the envelope again, this time as writer, director and voice of the outrageous stuffed animal named Ted. John Bennett (Mark Wahlberg) is a grown man who must deal with his beloved teddy bear who came to life as the result of a childhood wish … and has refused to leave his side ever since. It's profane, dirty and all things wrong. And it's stunningly funny from beginning to end. Ted will definitely be considered this year's Bridesmaids and with good reason. It's the funniest comedy since then, and I expect it to be huge this summer.

chris_pinePeople Like Us
In theaters Friday

An unusual movie about family, inspired by true events. Sam (Chris Pine) is a twenty-something, fast-talking salesman, whose latest deal collapses on the day he learns that his father has suddenly died. Sam is called home and must reconnect with his estranged family. In the course of fulfilling his father's last wishes, Sam uncovers a startling secret that turns his entire world upside down: He has a 30-year-old sister Frankie (Elizabeth Banks) whom he never knew about. As their relationship develops, Sam is forced to rethink everything he thought he knew about this family—and re-examine his own life choices in the process.

About the Author
Jared Bowen Jared Bowen
Jared Bowen is WGBH’s Emmy Award-winning Executive Editor and Host for Arts. 


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