Reporting Sara Boyd Pelissero
As it turns out, some of the best entertainment doesn’t need to rely on fancy costumes, individual stars … or even words. As the Blue Man Group proved on Friday night, you don’t need much to wow an audience.
Bringing their talents to the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis, Blue Man Group is truly a show unlike any other. Start with three blue men, add in some exaggerated facial expressions and some hilarious physical comedy, throw in a few musical numbers using unorthodox musical instruments and of course, end with a dance party. What else does one really need?
Truth be told, the show wasn’t what I thought it would be. Understandably so, the only highlights you really get to see in their promos or on TV are perhaps least impressive moments on stage. Three men drenched in blue paint, banging on some drums — which are also drenched in paint.
And honestly, it’s a pretty cool act but fails in comparison to the far more hilarious 15-minute skits around the dinner table or involving marshmallows and some impressive “mouth catching” skills. You’ll learn the essentials of being at a rock concert first-hand and, if you’re close enough to the stage, you might even get pulled up for a lesson in fine art or Twinkie indulgence.
Beyond the entertainment value there’s also an underlying message about society and technology, social media and the rapid pace at which we take in content. I’m not sure if it was intentional or not but after an interesting performance involving essentially giant iPads (the GiPad), there was another lesson in the inter-workings of one’s eyeball.
It seemed like the message of being berated in today’s fast-pace, 24-hour information cycle was followed by a closer look (no pun intended) of what it takes to translate those messages. Perhaps a reason to slow things down, unplug and just enjoy the ride.
And enjoy, we did. Without giving any of the entertainment value away, Blue Man Group has the ability to fascinate from beginning to end. It’s truly an interesting ride that leaves the audience guessing to what may come next and enjoying the break from the spoken word.
Blue Man Group runs through June 24 at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis. For tickets or more information, click here.