Week's Worst: Blue Man Group

By Chris Parker
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When does a gimmick officially run out of steam? After the five millionth Intel commerical? Twentieth million? At some point Blue Man Group became as overexposed as Britney’s bare bush (with which they share a passing resemblance). Sure, they deliver a vigorous stage show with enough wit to elevate their colorless, sub-Philip Glass musical minimalism into something engaging, but we’re talking about a trio of blue mimes—the type of shit the French go wild for. The trio behave like the Three Stooges recast with the wide-eyed wonder of the tongue-clicking guy from The Gods Must Be Crazy. They’re Devo high on Sherwood Williams, minus the musical talent. It’s all very theatrical and self-conscious. Past tours have made fun of old rock tropes (like the fist pump), but aren’t these Chaplin-esque smurf-colored art-fags nearly as played out? If I wanted to watch live-action cartoons fuck with stuff, I’d be a Juggalo. Severely overrated.

Wed., Dec. 22, 7:30pm. Through Jan. 2. $45-$80. Merriam Theatre, 250 S. Broad St. 215.732.5446.
kimmelcenter.org

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1. Robert W. Getz said... on Dec 23, 2010 at 07:45PM

“Well, leave it to the Philadelphia Weekly to remind me of just how "behind the times" and "unhip" I've become! I wasn't aware that the use of the term "art-fag" was still considered witty, clever, or anything other than, you know, fuckin' ignorant.

If you're this hard up for writers, it might be time to call it a day. Also, I know your paper's free but can I still get a refund?

RG”

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2. EL said... on Jan 17, 2011 at 01:10PM

“Yea, seriously. I agree with RG's comments. This dude writing the column sounds like the kid from high school who always followed trends and was afraid to like something others found weird or might be out of date.
Interesting that such so-called losers pay good money for this entertainment and yet this written slop is free. Hmmm....makes you scratch your art-fag head doesn't it!?”

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