Metaphors for laughter are often surprisingly violent, from busting a gut to splitting your sides to tumbling down the jagged face of Joke Mountain. Break a funny bone with this GrouponLive deal to see Avenue Q at the Lower Ossington Theatre. For $49, you get two tickets for general admission to any show from August 24 to October 7 (a $98 value). Shows run Thursdays and Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 2 and 8 p.m., and Sundays at 4 p.m. Check the website for a full schedule.
The Lower Ossington Theatre tickles funny bones with Avenue Q, the highly acclaimed, Tony Award–winning Broadway smash. Performed by a cross-species mix of puppets and humans, the musical follows Princeton, a well-meaning recent college grad who moves to New York City with Big Apple–sized dreams and gets a much needed real-world education from his neighbours. The off-color, mature, and perversely funny production is warm, endearing, and more heart-rending than a sock-puppet production of King Lear. Praised by Postcity.com for her "smooth direction," Seanna Kennedy has created staging that allows the puppeteers to meld with their string-bound charges, giving life to lewd songs and affecting scenes alike.