"The mix of warmth and naughtiness easily seals the deal...not only clever and refreshingly frank but wholly charming in its hiply bittersweet way."
- Hedy Weiss, WTTW's "Chicago Tonight"
"Whether you have seen Avenue Q before and can mouth the lyrics to all the songs or if you have never experienced it, Mercury Theater's production is worth a visit. Avenue Q will provide uproarious and NSFW laughs for days, but it also will touch your heart and provide a much-needed dose of theatrical sunshine.”
- Rachel Weinberg, BroadwayWorld
"Every cast member earns Kermit arms for excelling at the emotional, vocal and physical demands proving a believability and relatability rendering it difficult to separate the puppet from the person."
-Alyssa Dyksterhouse, PerformInk
"L. Walter Stearns directs a seasoned company of top returning and new talent in a fast-paced, laugh-out-loud hit!"
- Ed Tracy, Conversations with Ed Tracy
"Having the cast visibly manipulate the puppets (designed by Russ Walko) is an ingenious device, with the actors representing the characters while the puppets portray everyone's hopeful, anxious 'inner child.'"
-Albert Williams, Chicago Reader
"Avenue Q’s lasting message–that “everything in life is only for now”–that seems most appropriate for today’s audiences."
-Brent Eickhoff, Third Coast Review
“A perfectly polished and fully felt revival”
- Lawrence Bommer, Stage and Cinema
"When the Mercury put this on previously, I felt that they could not improve upon the stellar production they brought to their stage. I guess I was wrong.”
-Alan Bresloff, Around the Town Chicago