So when we received an invite to check out the Blue Man Group with 3 complimentary tickets, I of course thought: Balls, check. Drums and Paint, Check. Rain Ponchos, check. Men painted blue, check. Loud music, check. Yep – this show fits the bill for a family date night with our 9-year-old son in tow.
The Blue Men – literally three men painted blue – share a variety of high jinx tricks/performance art/antics, engaging the audience without a word. Audience participation is encouraged – you’ll have *no choice* but to get off your seat and shake your booty, and, if you’re in the first few rows, be prepared to get wet. Feats included catching bits of Toblerone – directly in the mouth – thrown by an audience member from a very far distance, a twinkie dinner party that involved simulated regurgitation, larger-than-life smart phones, digital booties shaking on said smart phones.
Yes, these are all things things that captured the wide-eyed attention of my pre-tween. Maybe it’s because I get enough of this sort of antics in my IRL job (high school teacher), but I found myself rolling my eyes like a snarky theater snob more than once. My husband, on the other hand, found the show almost (but not even quite) as fun as our pre-tween did. Judging by the roars of laughter and high-spirited participation of the rest of the audience, I was obviously the oddball. In any case, I can promise that this 90-minute non-stop action-filled show will make for a delightful night out for your tween or teen.