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PAINT: The first few rows at the show are called the "splash zone" for good reason. Evan Zimmerman

The resume for applying to join the Blue Man Group must look something like this: 

*Can make music out of PVC pipe.

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*Rocking percussionist on any stable surface.

*Master of a soul-tickling stare.

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*Not allergic to paint.

*Is blue.

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Photo of Blue Man GroupLindsey Best
SPEECHLESS: The Blue Man Group toured its newest show in Little Rock.

Though to the young girl who sat behind me at the Friday night show at the Robinson Center in Little Rock and asked, “Why are they blue? Why can’t it be purple?” I hear you. 

The Blue Man Group has been pushing the limits of music for decades, and has graced the stages in Las Vegas, New York and Chicago. They visited the Arkansas capital city this weekend with their latest tour, “Speechless.”

The Friday night show got a late start, but an hour after the original start time of 7:30 p.m., the lights came up to show the industrial and technology-filled stage. Immediately my eyes searched everywhere; I saw computer screens of code, repetitive patterns of square lights and circle speakers, drum sets and green, blue and red lights. The best part about the busy stage was that the crowd was surprised at every trick, even though the supplies were in front of their eyes the whole time.

To say this show is exclusive to one human sense would be totally incorrect. It has electronic music, light shows, splashing paint and audience interaction. And even though the show is based around the same skits and bits every night, the kids chosen for the stage make the experience entirely unique.

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I’d have to say the best part of the Friday show was when the Blue Man Group was doing an on-the-fly music mash-up with the audience voice, and a young girl was chosen to yell “AAAAAAA” into the microphone. With pure innocence, she said, “A. A. A. A. A. A. A.”

Innovation is at the top of the list for most impressive things at the Blue Man Group show. The trio has the ability to turn everyday objects into instruments and mix beats on-site. The synchronization of the music is impressive as well. With every sharp drum hit came a light array to match it. Though silent in voice, the men communicated everything they needed to know with each other. And don’t be fooled — the show was very loud. Robinson Center staff had earplugs at the ready for attendees. 

Denise Truscello
TRICKERY: The show hinges around several bits that wow and trick the audience.

Music beats were electronic and catchy. They had repetitive sounds that were emphasized by the band — which, by the way, were awesome and talented. At one point, the audience was invited to their feet for a dance that included booty shaking and macarena-esque dancing with neighbors. It got a bit questionable when the Blue Man Group motioned for everyone to shoulder slam and corndog (hitting your knee into the butt of a person in front of you) the strangers next to you.

At the end of the show, it was clear that the production of the Blue Man Group extended far beyond the three painted bodies. The making of a performance that was appropriate — and funny — for children and adults alike could have only taken hours of preparation and creativity from many. Several crew members and the two band players joined the stage and bowed to a standing ovation.

Overall, the show was all that and a rubber chicken — if you know, you know.