The Blue Man Group at Briar Street Theatre is wacky and fun and very Chicago. The show has taken off in recent years, from Las Vegas to Berlin, with Chicago becoming one of its staple locations. The city embraced this zany act and the crowd at the intimate Briar Street Theatre makes the experience even more special.
The show is equal parts art, music and technology. Although it is ever changing, the show centers on a group of blue skinned and black dressed men who cannot speak but create amazing art and music in unexpected ways.
One of the staples of the show, and my favorite, is the percussion performance out of PVC pipes. The group uses long sliding PVC pipes as if they were a drum kit and trombone mixture. Even the theatre lobby is decked out in PVC pipe where theatre goers can talk to strangers at the end of the looping and intersecting pipes.
I always try to sit as close to the front of the stage as possible. The first few rows are given ponchos because paint can and will come flying out into the audience. Some of the art that is created during the show is given out to a lucky few in the these rows as well.
The best part about Blue Man Group in Chicago is that it takes place at the Briar Street Theatre. The show is eccentric, entertaining and grand while the venue’s intimacy makes it personal and interactive.