LIMA — They are three men covered in blue grease paint, who take audiences on a big, loud, thought-provoking, visually stunning journey, with nary a spoken word. They are the Blue Man Group, coming Sunday to Veterans Memorial Civic Center.
“We have such a good time, and in this type of show, everything is so fresh at every show. We never feel like we’re recycling old lines. Secretly, we wish for something to go differently at every performance. Maybe someone sneezes in the audience or a door slams shut. It makes for some interesting moments, the stuff we all cherish,” said Chris Smith, one of the three Blue Man performers.
With the group for 18 months, which included six months of training, Smith said his favorite part of the show is the time he spends out in the audience.
“The best part is definitely connecting with the audience. I have carte blanche to go into the audience whenever I want and just stare at someone. It’s so funny, because that’s something I’d never do in my own life, but as a Blue Man, I get to walk out and hold eye contact just beyond that normal amount of time,” he said, laughing.
Because they work in a non-verbal show, the timing must be precise.
“None of us knew each other when we started, but the beauty of the show is because it’s non-verbal, we spend a lot of time on stage staring into each other’s eyes for two hours at a time. You form a quick bond that way,” he said, laughing. He added, “Really, being a Blue Man has taught me how much energy it requires to be focused.”
And that non-verbal aspect of the show allows each performance to be unique. “They always say that 90 percent of all communication is non-verbal. Audiences are smart. The more you leave open, they more they fill in with their own story.”