June 28, 2012
When "Blue Man Group" first opened in Chicago in 1997, most of the attention went to the drumming, the swallowing of marshmallows and the wordless communication from the baldheaded blue dudes. But in the latest version of the show -- which has been extensively and brilliantly revamped at the Briar Street Theatre -- a trio of giant "GiPads" descend from above, one per Blue Man, representatives of the new technological moment. It's clear the Blue Men have decided the touch screen is the modern rock upon which all else is built. This is no longer a show about our need to touch, we have screens for that, it is about how we touch. And its limits. In the new finale, giant balls descend from the ceiling and the audience dances to "Booty Shaker," a joyous moment.
- CHRIS JONES
Open run at the Briar Street Theatre, 3133 N. Halsted St.; $49-$69 at blueman.com or Ticketmaster outlets