Several years ago in Orlando, Husband, myself and his family saw the Blue Man Group in Orlando. We LOVED the show as much as we loved Cirque! The Blue Men are mysterious, multi-talented, AND hilarious! I’m not even sure where to begin when describing their show… It’s unlike anything else. Husband and I were lucky enough to get a second chance to see these Men, but this time in NYC!
The first thing we learned at the New York performance is that it is very similar to the show in Orlando. It was definitely updated; it had 7 foot tall iPhone looking props (they call them GiPads), and the theme was heavily focused on technology. The creepy blue bald men with crazy eyes and no voices seemed identical to the Men we’d previously seen. How they manage to relay so much emotion and tell so many stories without talking is very impressive. I assume all the Blue Men shows are fairly similar, which is not necessarily a bad thing. There are not many Blue Men shows in the world, so there aren’t a lot of opportunities to see them. We had a blast at both shows and enjoyed seeing our favorite stunts and scenes again.
The quote displayed at the beginning of the show sets the tone for the performance:
“If you would like to establish a connection with people from another culture is it always good to offer a few gifts as a gesture of friendship. But, an even better way to forge a lasting bond is by creating something together. Whether it’s a meal, an art project, or just a spontaneous dance party, when you create with others, you build a connection that lasts a lifetime.”
I LOVE this quote! It’s genius! It’s also what the Group tries to do with their show. They are constantly including the audience in each scene, and even though they do not speak they manage to communicate with their expressive eyes and ridiculous actions.
The Blue Men are most famous for drumming on barrels that are topped with bright-colored paints. This is definitely one of the most memorable parts of their performance, but they offer so much more. I particularly love the part where one of them manages to catch about 30 large marshmallows in his mouth at once, and then proceeds to spit it out as a sculpture. Husbands loves the finale, which includes giant glowing 3-dimensional creatures and tons and tons of toilet paper streamers. However, there are also, hilarious skits, audience participation and some award-winning original rock music from their band.
The one major theme of the show is that technology can often become overwhelming. We are in a world were it not only necessary, but expected to multi-task. They bring this to your attention by forcing you to read three different “GiPad” screens at once. The Blue Men have always brought technology to the forefront, but their recent theme seems to suggest that it isn’t always a good thing. No matter the theme, we spent a lot of time lol’ing at their hilarity.
The theatre in the East Village is intimate and underground, at least partially. We were really surprised to be sitting in the balcony, and still be about 30 feet from the stage. They manage to do a lot in the small space, but the real plus is that every seat is a good one!
I left the show thinking two things: 1) Do I have an unhealthy addiction to technology and social media? 2) How on Earth do they clean this mess every night!?
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