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IF YOU GO
• What: Blue Man Group
• When: Opens 8 p.m. Tuesday, runs through Jan. 20
• Where: Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St., Atlanta
• Cost: $34 to $71.60
• For more information: Visit www.foxtheatre.org
ATLANTA -- What do you get when three mimes covered in blue paint play with props and drums? Give up?
The Blue Man Group.
The legendary trio stops by the Fox Theatre for a six day performance schedule to poke fun at every day situations through multi-media.
"Our theatrical productions take a humorous look at what we like to call 2.5-D space," Blue Man Group co-founder Philip Stanton said. "An example of what we mean by this would be emailing or texting the person in the next office rather than walking over to talk to them face-to-face."
The three blue, bald characters try to understand humans during mundane daily tasks while communicating through beating on drums or PCP pipes.
"I think the best way to describe the show is that it centers around the character of the Blue Man," Blue Man actor Chris Smith said. "It doesn't speak; it travels in a trio and it takes an examination at the world around us through the eyes who have never seen it before. You see the guys interact with technology, no matter how beautiful it could be or ridiculous."
The sound, set and video design for this tour centers around a stage-sized LED curtain and high-resolution screen to create a high-impact visual experience for audiences.
And as for the paint, it's not as bad as you might imagine.
"Luckily I don't have a paint allergy," Smiths said with a laugh. "It doesn't cake or get gross -- there were many Blue Men before me who have learned the tricks. I put on my bald cap and put on the grease paint. But when I take it off, I always find it on me, no matter how well I cleaned up."
Smith hopes the show will open people's eyes to finding the fun in life.
"Overall, it's a great time and the Blue Men get the audience connected," he said. "By the end of the show, you may have a Blue Man in your lap.
"Hopefully, the show will ignite the inner child. All ages can take something away from it. It's for the adults to get them out of their comfort zone."
The show runs for approximately one and a half hours without an intermission.