Blue Man Group puts on a unique show that’s become one of the world’s most popular theatrical productions. From Las Vegas to London, fans have marveled at the Blue Men’s stage antics, but this international phenomenon originated here in the Windy City.
The Blue Men mimes start off the show poking fun at the art world with their Jackson Pollack-like productions of splattered paint— created from their own spit, as well as from drumming with paint. Throughout the show, our cultural norms seem absurd when examined from the Blue Men’s perspective.
Blue Man Group succeeds at the first rule of family entertainment — make it wholesome enough for kids, while giving adults an additional layer to think about. As enormous Gi-Pads descend from the heavens above the stage, kids are mesmerized by the performers’ touch screen antics. Adults realize the skit’s an exploration, and at times condemnation, of our wired world.
Essentially Vaudeville for the Millennial generation, the Blue Man Group uses high-tech gadgetry, sounds effects and visuals to express funny, yet perceptive, ideas about art, communication and human interaction, all without saying a word.
There’s occasional potty humor (which keeps the kids chuckling), but these artists will keep adults intrigued for the whole show as well.
The website says kids under three will not be admitted (as it’s loud and the visual effects can be startling). The theatre provides headphones for the young kids, but it’s really best for kids age 7 and over.