Gather around children, it’s time for a story. Once upon a time, in a galaxy far, far away I was majoring in theatre at Virginia Commonwealth University. During that time I learned many life lessons, but something that in particular has stayed with me is when I was told “People go to the theatre in order to escape life.” The epitome of this is the audio-visual stimulation that is “Blue Man Group” which is now playing at the Landmark Theatre thru Sunday.
I had the chance to interview Kirk Massey, one of the “Blue Men” in the show, and he expressed to me that he finds it hard to describe what the show is to people who have never seen it. As I write this review, I am finding the same difficulty, but I think he summed it up much better than I ever could. “The best way I can describe it is if you were to combine theatre, a rock concert, art, science, a crazy dance party, and also a vaudevillian comedy, then sewed that into an explosion of a multimedia experience, that’s what I can describe what the show is.” I couldn’t agree more.
Here’s what the Blue Man Group isn’t. It isn’t intellectual, unless you really want it to be. While there is definitely some social commentary, it isn’t some grand political statement. It isn’t something you have to ponder about long after you leave the theatre. It’s just fun. Audio, visual, elemental, high energy, artistic, audience involved fun.
I am purposely trying really hard not to give spoilers in the review in hopes you will take the chance to experience the fun for yourself before it leaves town on Sunday. But there are a few bits of advice I will give you. Don’t go if loud sounds and fast moving lights give you headaches. Don’t go if you expect to just sit in your seat and simply watch the show, if you do people will stare at you like you’re stupid. Don’t think it’s a show you can go to and not be fully present. It is impossible to go to “Blue Man Group” and not feel like you are part of the act. And whatever you do, don’t come to the theatre late, or be prepared to suffer the consequences.
This is the kind of show you can take anyone to, from a toddler to your grandmother (just make sure they are equipped for the stimulation, it’s intense). Nobody leaves offended, or uncomfortable, and everyone has a great time. I took my mother Friday. She turned to me before leaving the theatre and said, “That was great! You better give it a good review.” So under her advice, and maybe slightly out of fear, I will give “Blue Man Group” two thumbs up. Tickets are still available. Go, you’ll have a good time. And gays, there is a fantastic dance party at the end, so you’ll like it too.