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  Blue Man Group at Briar Street Theatre

Blue Man Group

Briar Street Theatre
3133 North Halsted Chicago

Blue Man Group is best known for its award-winning theatrical productions which critics have described as "ground-breaking," "hilarious," "visually stunning" and "musically powerful." These performances feature three enigmatic bald and blue characters who take the audience through a multi-sensory experience that combines theatre, percussive music, art, science and vaudeville into a form of entertainment that is like nothing else.

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Wednesdays: 8:00pm
Thursdays: 8:00pm
Fridays: 7:00pm & 10:00pm
Saturdays: 4:00pm & 7:00pm & 10:00pm
Sundays: 4:00pm & 7:00pm

Price: $49-$69

Show Type: Performance Art

Running Time: 1hr 30mins

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  Blue Man Group Reviews
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Chicago Tribune - Highly Recommended

"...Blue Man is all about metaphors and its ever-savvy show now ends with us trying to negotiate touch with our (maybe taller) community members, rather than being buried in it together. Perhaps the Blue Men are saying the world has become more competitive. Or maybe they just think that the shaking of all aspects of our three-dimensional selves might just be the next touching frontier."

Chris Jones

Chicago Sun Times - Recommended

"...Watching the show for the first time in many, many years, I was struck by how prescient that mind-set happened to be. For here is a performance piece full of ideas — about art and the art market, visual perception, the science of optics, the nature of group dynamics and much, much more. Yet out of a fear of appearing too brainy, it knowingly dumbs down — disguising itself as a mindless fraternity-like group ritual full of subtly understood “rules” drawn primarily from rock concert culture. In other words, much like our culture as a whole, “Blue Man Group” is fully ambivalent."

Hedy Weiss

Chicago Reader - Highly Recommended

"...Three silent guys in cobalt blue makeup, accompanied by a small but very loud rock band, perform a wordless, high-tech, highly visual work of participatory conceptual theater. Blue Man Group offers a visceral education in the tenuous division between art and trash."

Windy City Times - Highly Recommended

"...The silent Blue warriors fight valiantly against isolation, however: climbing over chair-backs with spectators seated in them, coaxing audience members to the stage to assist them in their tricks, scatter-shooting (soft) projectiles into the house and conducting the crowd in orchestrated chant-alongs. Even the much-publicized "splash" rows in front, where customers are issued waterproof ponchos, represent an effort to share the experience. By the time the animated—or so we think—stick figures step forward off their screens to encompass the entire theater in their communal embrace, even the most reticent playgoer will be caught up in the gleeful kinetic anarchy."

Mary Shen Barnidge

Centerstage - Highly Recommended

"...It's witty. It's fun. It's ever-evolving. Heck, it's even rocking. The almost lethal combination that is "Blue Man Group" has been packing the rows at the Briar Street Theater for nearly 10 years."

Dennis Mahoney

Chicago Stage Review - Highly Recommended

"...What BLUE MAN GROUP has always done, and continues to do, best is create visually dazzling manifestations of house music with a driving beat that is nothing short of irresistible. They are delightful percussionists and their supportive band is fantastic."

Venus Zarris

Chicago Stage Standard - Highly Recommended

"...If you want a night out that will guarantee you and your companions enjoy yourselves, Blue Man Group will satisfy in more ways than one. It's musical, funny, visually stunning, and accessible to broad audience. It has a more mainstream patina than its source which bugs me, but it's a safe bet for those intimidated by edgier theater shows. Where else can you end a night bouncing gigantic beach balls whilst covered in toilet paper dancing to a song about butts?"

Bellisant Corcoran-Mathe

Around The Town Chicago - Highly Recommended

"...It is a show that is filled with music, comedy, technology and in short, FUN! Created and directed by Matt Goldman, Phil Stanton and Chris Wink, back when we ended the 1990’s and entered the millennium. While the show has changed performers many times and updated many of the segments, it is still a rousing 90 minutes that will keep your interest and focus, even if you are a tot (or if you are in your eighties)."
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Alan Bresloff

Chicago Theater Beat - Highly Recommended

"...Blue Man Group is a treat. It’s an event, and it’s enthralling. This show is a lot of spectacle, but with a lot of thought put into it as well. Perhaps most importantly, it’s the kind of show that makes people who don’t normally see theater get out and buy a ticket! Everyone wants to see Blue Man Group, the same way that everyone wants to see a big summer blockbuster. And the fact that this show manages to create something like this, and actually respect the intellect of their audience, might be one of the most notable theatrical feats of the 90’s, 2000’s and beyond."

Aggie Hewitt

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