Sunday, February 05, 2006

Blue Man Group

a post by Danielle

You know…there are definite advantages to being a student. Blue Man Group sells tickets the day of a show, to students, for $25 a piece. Just show them your nice student card and there you go. Full price, those tickets are $60+. Joel and I both went for $52. As my dad would say that is too good of a deal to pass up. Indeed it was.

So Joel and I went down to the ticket box around noon on Thursday and got two tickets, row F. That night we returned to the theater for the show. It was a quick walk from the subway to the theater. The theater itself is hip. The lobby was crowded…with your small concession stand a.k.a. we sell beer in a plastic cup and supposedly blue martinis---weird. There was also a quaint little corner where you could buy things that conveniently said blue man group on it. Ahh yes…souvenirs. Joel and I stood there, waiting with all the others, slightly wondering how all of this worked.

The doors opened. We found our way to our seats, row F. The theater is made up of the lower seating and balcony, with high ceilings, black walls, very industrial looking. We sat, wondering what to expect. All the rows in front of us, we saw people putting on those clear ponchos with hoods, getting ready for whatever was to happen. Joel and I sat anxious as to what would happen next.

The show was amazing. Blue Man band rocked out up top, on stage the Blue Men did interesting things with food, paint, pipes, signs, and so on. They made their way through the audience, making one wonder what would happen next. It was interactive as well something that I certainly didn’t expect. At the end, lets just say there was the passing of tons of rolls of paper overhead, with strobe lights going, the band playing—pure craziness, yet fun. I think you kind of had to be there. Blue Man is just that- an experience. A little hard to explain, but a fantastic show; Joel and I loved it. We ended our evening over some Second Cup and talking about the show. Blue Man makes for a fun night and if you are a student, it’s a sweet deal.


Blogger Calvin said...

Sounds like a great show, even though I don't really know what it is about. If it is highly entertaining then that is a good thing. I would definitely like to see the production. They have created quite a controversy within the acting community refusing to make agreements with the theatre or stage actors' union in Canada (equity). The union argues that it is in place to create professional standards in the workplace. There is a website boycotting the show at . I always have mixed feelings about unions. Are they always interested in the employee first?

12:24 a.m., February 06, 2006  
Anonymous anna said...

I also enjoyed the show and yes it's hard to explain. I didn't expect much but had a lot of fun...wholesome fun. But darn, we paid full price to go see it cause we didn't know about the student discount.

12:56 a.m., February 06, 2006  
Blogger Jamie Woods said...

I thank you for the information on the student prices. I'm glad the group is conscienous of the high cost of going to school. Sometime this year I'm going to go see them perform. How long was the show?

As one who works in a union shop, unions can be a good thing or a bad thing. Good for those who don't want to work and bad for those who do. ;-)

10:41 a.m., February 06, 2006  
Blogger blair said...

Calvin makes an interesting point with his comment about the boycott. At what point do we have an ethical commitment, not just a moral one, to not participate in popular culture artifacts? If the Blue Man Group were kittens as part of their show, the Humane Society would be having us boycott them. Should we join in solidarity with people who are not getting paid a fair wage? We so often get caught up in worrying about the moral atributes of a medium (is there too much and for instance) but do not really consider some of the economic social justice issues at stake.

10:31 p.m., March 07, 2006  

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