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WATCH: Blue Man Group

By   /   October 24, 2013  /   Comments Off

Caroline Koch // Arts Edtior

The opening digital monologue inside the Briar Street Theater included asking the audience not to text during the performance, as it “makes the older people feel inadequate.” The scrolling words on the marquee quickly added a caveat though: “Tweeting is okay.”

Considering the last time I saw Blue Man Group there was no such thing as Twitter and pagers outnumbered cell phones, I welcomed this nod to technology from the blue men. As the audience would soon find out, the newly tweaked show makes progressive technology the nucleus of its production. The revamped theme incorporates the old marshmallow spitting, hilariously uncomfortable audience participation and paint flying, PVC pounding, but adds contemporary music and giant, interactive phones to the stage.

Blue Man has always been a family friendly show, however this new version seems geared more specifically at an adolescent demographic – especially the closing number, which I won’t spoil but know that it involves a serious dance party that renders you to your feet.

While the presence of the Internet is felt in many of the show’s vignettes, poking fun at how reliant society has become on the web; it’s hard not to laugh even though our everyday routines are the butt of the joke.

Blue Man Group has definitely made a necessary adjustment for the future of their relevance in Chicago’s entertainment scene. With a mix of classic pipe percussion and nouveau humor, you’ll be certain to exit the theater with a smile on your face. This is your ticket to an all-out neon party – large groups encouraged! Head to bluemangroup.com/Chicago for tickets.

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