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Blue Man Group at Proctors, Review

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Blue Man Group at Proctors: A Must See For Anyone Who Needs A Good Laugh

Experimental Music and Plenty of Laughs

The Blue Man GroupTrue or False: Three grown men, dressed entirely in black, and painted a vivid shade of neon blue left audience members cheering and applauding for an encore. True!

On Friday and Saturday, July 21-22, Blue Man Group returned to Schenectady, NY to perform at Proctors. Founded by longtime friends Chris Wink, Matt Goldman, and Phil Stanton, Blue Man Group is an entertaining combination of comedic and musical performances perfect for all ages.

On the surface, the show is broken up into short, simple skits involving marshmallows, Twinkies, and Cap’n Crunch, but combined each segment reveals Blue Man Group’s growing fascination with technology.

On Friday night, I was given the opportunity to watch Blue Man Group perform. Walking into Proctors Theater, I was immediately taken back by its grand demeanor. The foyer is carpeted in red with two marble staircases leading to the balcony. Inside the auditorium, Corinthian columns, gold leaf detail, and a glowing black and gold chandelier contributed to Proctors’ historic ambiance.

Sitting a few rows from the stage, I was happy to have narrowly avoided the splash zone (an area where audience members wore plastic ponchos to protect themselves from flying paint)!

Blue Man Group took the stage for an hour and forty-five minutes and awed the crowd with LED lighting, drumming with paint, playing a xylophone made of PVC pipes, and dancing with colorful light suits.

My favorite performance involved 3 life-size IPhone-like devices, called “GiPads”. After announcing that the “GiPad” would, “do for reading what texting has done for driving,” each blue man opened an app and began browsing.

The first app, “Twit Lit”, an anthology of classic books cut down to 140-characters, described Wuthering Heights as Twilight minus the vampires and werewolves. The second app encouraged multitasking and the third listed facts about today’s society. By poking fun of the smartphone and tablet culture, Blue Man Group encouraged face-to-face communication and reminded its viewers to be human.

Without giving too much more away, Blue Man Group delivered a one-of-a-kind performance that ended with gigantic inflatable balls. At the very least, I can honestly say, I’ve never seen anything like it!

Brenna Filipello is a Contributor to The Free George.

The Free George is the online magazine and visitors’ guide of Upstate NY, covering things from Albany to Lake Placid, including Saratoga, the Lake George region and the Adirondacks. Check out our City Blogs section for our extended coverage areas as well.

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