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The Hot Summer Nights and Theatre Raleigh cast for "Avenue Q" includes (from left) Yolanda W. Rabun, Jessie R. Gephardt, Erik Floor, Maya Naff and Adam Poole (photo by Lauren Kennedy )

“Avenue Q” Wins Over Raleigh Audiences

Avenue Q is a sometimes-raunchy but always-sweet musical. While Hot Summer Nights’ production nails the sweet part, it often glazes over the raunchy bits. Yes, there is a sex scene involving nude puppets, a scene that the cast enacts with gusto, but much of the show’s raunchiness is delivered in a way that softens the blow. Swear words are mumbled and vulgar actions are hidden, as if director Richard Roland had doubts about whether or not Raleigh was ready for the show.

Hot Summer Nights and Theatre Raleigh will present "Avenue Q" on Aug. 15-19 in the A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater

HSN and TR Will Present a Zany PG-13 Production of “Avenue Q” on Aug. 15-19 in Fletcher Opera Theater

Next up for Hot Summer Nights and Theatre Raleigh is a hilarious home-grown presentation of “Avenue Q” on Aug. 15-19 in the A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater in the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Raleigh, NC. The Triangle production of “Avenue Q” will employ puppets originally conceived and designed by Rick Lyon for the show’s Broadway production and national tour.

"The 39 Steps" cast includes (from left) Betsy Thompson Henderson, Jason Peck, Jesse R. Gephart, and Robbie Gay (photo by Lauren Kennedy)

Patrick Barlow’s “Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps” Opens Hot Summer Nights’ 2011 Season with a Bang

When it comes to cutting the fool, Jason Peck and Jesse Gephart are a dynamic duo who compare favorably to the classic comedy teams of Laurel and Hardy and Abbott and Costello. Their monkey business helped “Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps” earn a standing ovation from Hot Summer Nights’ opening-night audience.

"The 39 Steps" cast includes (from left) Betsy Thompson Henderson, Jason Peck, Jesse R. Gephart, and Robbie Gay (photo by Lauren Kennedy)

Hilarity Meets Hitchcock in “The 39 Steps”

Hot Summer Nights at the Kennedy will open its seventh season with “Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps,” English actor, comedian, and playwright Patrick Barlow’s 2005 farce that preshow publicity claims brings hilarity to Hitchcock, on June 8-12 and 15-19.

CASEY TUMA’S STRIDENT PORTRAYAL SPOILS AN OTHERWISE EXCELLENT PERFORMANCE OF “BAREFOOT IN THE PARK”

Hot Summer Nights at the Kennedy production of BAREFOOT IN THE PARK, is all sharp edges. Tuma’s Hot Summer Nights debut performance is forced and increasingly frantic.