|Blue Man Group Finale|
"The best way to describe a performance of Blue Man Group is to call it an "experience." The current national tour of the show, which runs through Sunday March 2nd at ASU Gammage in Tempe, features three men dressed all in black with their faces and hands painted cobalt blue. With no plot and the only words spoken by an offstage electronic voiced narrator, the mute Blue Men, along with a series of pounding musical sequences, pulsating rock concert style lights and large video screens combine to create a hypnotic theatrical event like nothing else you've experienced before.
The show's finale begins with a series of informational instructional videos of rock concert etiquette, including how to do the fist pump, and ends in a party atmosphere with the audience all on their feet and giant beach balls being pushed around the crowd, is one of the most surreal experiences you will ever have. With the glowing giant balls moving all around you while changing colors as they gently glide through the air, it also, in a very strange yet heartfelt way, provides a sense of inclusiveness to the evening, a communal experience of sorts that makes all of us members of the tribe of Blue Men and turns the evening into one of discovery for audience members of any age. Blue Man Group is strange and mysterious but somehow also completely charming and alluring. It is a gleeful shared experience between three Blue Men and the audience."
Blue Man Group runs through March 2nd at ASU Gammage located at 1200 S. Forest Avenue in Tempe. Tickets can be purchased at www.asugammage.com or by calling 480 965-3434. Additional tour dates can be found at www.blueman.com.
Photo: ©Paul Kolnik