The nonverbal performance of "blue men" exploring themes of alienation, depersonalization, and paint.
This long-running show is very popular with tourists (especially non-English speaking tourists), and has spawned many productions around the world. A 2005 re-review in the New York Times was very positive, saying in part "A graduate student could have a field day, but, far more likely, her child would, since "Tubes" is a Willy Wonka fantasy for children. What preteenager doesn't want to stuff his face with marshmallows until his cheeks puff out like Dizzy Gillespie's?"
If we had to write a summary, it would be something like this: a few gents paint themselves blue, bang on drums, and throw things about....quite enjoyable. Here's a promo video (not high quality, but good content) that will give you a sense of the experience:
A warning, though....you might get dirty. From the Blue Man Group website:
The blue men do use a variety of materials on stage and at times those materials get into the audience. While it does not happen all the time, we do strongly suggest that you do not wear clothing that you consider nice or valuable. We encourage casual attire for the show. Jeans and sneakers are ideal. Suede is best left at home.
May 25, 2014
Just plain fun….small theater put entertainment very close...
March 14, 2011
It was OK but I was only for one night in NY and I felt the show was not worth choosing over many others.
My kids did like it but they said their expectations were higher.
January 16, 2011
I am an erudite grandmother who loves well-made plays and well-scored musicals. Thus, I was wary, if not resistant, when - during a recent visit to New York City - Blue Man Group was suggested as Friday evening's entertainment. Well. we went and,
when it was over, I emerged a changed woman. I thought it was brilliant. I've never seen anything like it. It was worth every penny of the ticket price. My only concern was how the three Blue Men protected their skin.