A friend asked me to describe Blue Man Group.
I kind of stumbled on that one.
It’s a concert, I said. Actually, it’s performance. It’s music. It’s comedy. It’s improv. It’s a theatrical event. It’s art. It’s messy.
None of what I said seemed adequate.
Really, Blue Man Group is… Blue Man Group.
There really isn’t anything like Blue Man Group, which performed Friday, June 10 at The Bushnell in Hartford.
As Friday’s performance of the three blue-skinned visitors unfolded, I did come up with some pop culture references that may help you (or it may confuse you).
Imagine if Harpo Marx, Charlie Chaplin, and Buster Keaton teamed up with the Farrelly Brothers to perform over a soundtrack from Pink Floyd (circa “Dark Side of the Moon”) and Kraftwerk at a Happening organized by Andy Warhol’s Factory and choreographed by Andy Kaufman.
Does that help?
I could also provide a much simpler explanation.
Blue Man Group is fun and entertaining.
And there is a great deal of intelligence behind their humor and entertainment value that gets both young and old to laugh and dance together. The show doesn’t simply reach for the puerile and stupid. There is a good deal of commentary on our modern society in the humor.
The music is also kick ass.
Although I’ve seen Blue Man Group previously, this didn’t dampen the joy for me. One of the unknown factors in a show by Blue Man Group is the reaction of the people who put their fannies in the seats at each theater. The show relishes audience participation. Whether the three blue-skinned characters bring an audience member on stage to be part of their antics, or they invade the audience space, or they get the audience to play a variation of “Simon Sez,” the audience is always the fourth, and most unpredictable Blue Man.
At the June 10 Hartford performance, Blue Man Group kept the energy level high on stage and among the audience members. The performers had us bopping to their percussive inventions. They had us laughing at their antics—which mined classic comedy bits but offered 21st century twist. And they had us forget the world outside for the entirety of their performance.
What more could an audience want?
I give Blue Man Group at The Bushnell in Hartford on June 10 four out of four stars.
For more information about Blue Man Group, go to BlueMan.com