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Blue Man Group was a total nightmare.

It started off okay; a little loud, but I could deal. There were some neat bits that I recognized from the TV production. It seemed a little scattered, though; some good skits, mixed with some surreal/gross skits, interspersed with music. There didn't seem to be any kind of overarching theme - a couple of things that could have turned into themes, but they didn't take them anywhere.

And then they brought out the big bass drums. And it got painfully loud, enough that I had to turn my hearing aids off. Unfortunately, it kept getting louder. And LOUDER. And LOUDER.

And then they turned on the strobe lights.

And then they aimed the strobe lights into the eyes of the audience.

And then they brought down FLOODS of paper from the back of the theater, long rolls going all the way to the front over and through the audience. They hit me in the back of the head, covered me, tangled me up so that I couldn't move.

I freaked out. Complete, sobbing, screaming, broken down freakout. Fortunately we were sitting on an aisle, so Andrei was able to get me out of there quickly. After which I sat in the lobby shaking for a while. Once I got it together enough to walk out, someone's flash camera nearly sent me off again.

I hadn't realized, before last night, what it takes to break me so completely. I could have dealt with the sound, or the lights, or the paper, on their own - but all three at once took my sensory limits and smashed them like a sledgehammer through crazed glass.

Andrei will probably post a more coherent/less traumatized review of the show. But, uh, I'm not gonna recommend the live BMG show to anyone. The TV production is fantastic - stick with that.


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Jan. 18th, 2005 07:20 pm (UTC)
Wow, really? I'm sorry to hear that happened to you. I really liked it when I went to see it...
Jan. 18th, 2005 07:22 pm (UTC)
But then again, I was sitting in the balcony...
Jan. 18th, 2005 07:30 pm (UTC)
wow, sounds overwhelming. Hope the rest of your trip is more relaxing!
Jan. 18th, 2005 07:35 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry it was an overload for you. I've never seen the show, but friends of mine who've seen it have enjoyed it.

Since the paper comes at the end of the performance, at least you didn't miss much.
Jan. 18th, 2005 08:51 pm (UTC)
Erk. I'm sorry. *HUG*

/em makes notes to not sit in orchestra and bring earplugs if she ever goes to BMG.
Jan. 18th, 2005 10:43 pm (UTC)
Gawd, that sounds awful. I'm so sorry.
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Jan. 20th, 2005 12:26 am (UTC)
Well, the one we saw is different than the one that's been on tour and televised a few times, which I believe is the one most people have seen. It didn't have the Rock Concert Moves or the Venus Hum song.
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