Briar Street Theatre
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Chicago Tribune- Highly Recommended
"...I've always considered this piece a brilliant blend of populism and cultural criticism and a fine gateway for the young not just into performance, but into visual art, that being a love of the co-founders. Such still is the case. The show has true historical significance in the trajectory of live commercial performance, If you've never had the pleasure, it awaits. But it is, of course, hard for what now has become a settled, long-running brand to remain on the vanguard."
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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."
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."
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."
Stage and Cinema- Highly Recommended
"...It’s nothing if not interactive: An audience member sitting in the “splash seats” is probed, not anally (as aliens usually prefer), but with an oral scope that pretends to inspect his innards. Another audience member becomes the subject of the Human Paint Brush, his entire body wrapped up, spray-painted and rubbed into art, as a closed-circuit camera shows us all the backstage shenanigans. (This audience member was a work of art in his own right.) A third volunteer is taken on stage and treated to a very bizarre meal of Twinkies that spewed out of her faster than they were ingested."
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ChicagoCritic- Highly Recommended
"...Blue Man Group is for everyone: kids, couples, visiting in-laws, clients, fun people, boring people, people with taste, people without taste. It's an immersive, multi-media, comedy-rock-dance-party-show spectacle for all! If you haven't seen it, you should; if you haven't seen it recently, bring the kids, the new girlfriend, the family you have nothing to talk about with; if you have seen it recently, you might just as well wait a couple years, it'll be around."
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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?"
Around The Town Chicago- Recommended
"...What makes this show what it is? There is no language barrier, as the majority of the show is without speech. Only some brief announcements and electronic signage, which are in English are used to transmit information to the audience. Most of what we enjoy for 90 straight minutes is three men, bald and blue in brown jump suits, exploring the things they find after finding themselves in a new world!"
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Chicagoland Theater Reviews- Highly Recommended
"...“Blue Man Group” may be the most audience friendly show on any Chicagoland stage. The audience comes to the theater pre-sold to have a good time and they whoop and holler throughout the presentation when their attention isn’t totally engaged by splendid moments of mime or high tech glitzy special effects. The threesome does magical things with foodstuffs, like marshmallows, Captain Crunch breakfast serial, and Twinkies, as well as colored paints, often in a messy and occasionally a gross manner. Customers in the front rows of the theater wear plastic ponchos as protection against the splatter and gunk that may burst from the stage."
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."
Picture This Post- Recommended
"...There’s a reason BLUE MAN GROUP has succeeded all these years and will continue to do so. It is still unlike any other show because of its paint splatters and PVC pipe playing. The men are still hilarious as they share looks of curiosity and bewilderment. Their fancy Twinkie dinner with a guest from the audience never gets old. Even if some things don’t change, it’s still a party and a celebration that is worth going to see."
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