Blue Man Group takes over the Winspear Opera House

This kind of blues is ideal

Blue Man GroupThe Blue Man Group comes to town with its innovative performance of music, comedy and whatever else they throw in the mix. At one point, they even make it look like the best gay club in the world. With alien looks and complete silence, these blue men will blow you away.

DEETS:
Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St. Sept. 19–26. $40–$150. ATTPAC.org.

—  Rich Lopez

Presenting the Blue Man Group … whaaa?

The main reason I — and I assume most other people — wanted to attend the Dallas “tour premiere” of Blue Man Group was the answer that burning question: “Just what the hell is Blue Man Group anyway?”

I still couldn’t tell you.

It wasn’t just that the most exciting that happened during the debut performance at the Winspear Opera House was an audience member who seemed to have a heart attack midshow; it’s that all the drumming, New Age music, lame comedy, overwrought technology, strobe lighting and wannabe magic, filtered through the conceit (apparently) that the Blue Men are extraterrestrials learning about earth culture innocently, is at once too much and not enough. E.T. — stay home.

The problem is, if your show is too outre to fit into a genre — and I’m not saying every show must — then what you do had better be done well. It was distracting how, during a long sequence involved over-sized iPhones, you could see the cast members in costume behind the scenes long before they were to make their entrances. A show like this is about surprises; if you don’t surprise me, if you’re sloppy in your execution, you fail.

The nature of the show is in some ways an elaborate social experiment — an attempt at groupthink with entertainment values thrown in. But beyond improvised artwork (which, admittedly, gives legitimacy to the importance of buying non-toxic paints) and gags with marshmallows and jokes about plumbing, I just don’t get it. Max Headroom was a fascinating fad 20 years ago; Blue Man Group should have faded with it.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

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Friday 09.10

Getting intimate with a set of twins

Don’t underestimate the tiny twin sisters Tegan and Sara. They are giants in music as they proved with the huge turnout they drew at the Palladium earlier this year. They come back opening for Paramore at Verizon Theatre, but make a stop at Good Records for an intimate in-store appearance. Get there early and priority will be given to customers making a T&S purchase. We predict the store will fill up quickly.

DEETS: Good Records, 1808 Greenville Ave. 2:30 p.m. Free. GoodRecords.com.

Friday 09.10

A fine time with some fine art

The hip gallery Artisan Style is determined to introuce Dallas to its hidden art scene and teams with CityArtCal to do so. In conjunction with CityArtCal’s annual art engagement book, Artisan Style presents many of the artists’ work from the book at the gallery to show off what Dallas art patrons are missing.

DEETS: Artisan Style, 247 Mahon St. 5 p.m. ArtisanStyle.net or CityArtCal.com.

Tuesday 09.14

This kind of blues is ideal
The Blue Man Group comes to town with its innovative performance of music, comedy and whatever else they throw in the mix. With alien looks and complete silence, these blue men should blow you away.

DEETS: Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St. Sept. 19–26. $40–$150. ATTPAC.org.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition September 3, 2010.

—  Kevin Thomas