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Blue Man Group

Franklin Furnace

Blue Man Group (Chris Wink, Matthew Goldman, and Phil Stanton) is the latest in a line of gross-out performance artists that traces back to the Kipper Kids of the mid ’70s. Unlike the Kippers, who evince a Teutonic fondness for the scatalogical (fake-caca smearing, spitting, and fart-sound chatter), Blue Man Group is a buttoned-down version of bad behavior; their messes are cleanly executed and tidily contained, rather than anarchic and stumbling. While they don’t sprawl into redundant offensiveness, neither do they generate the inspired, squirm-in-your-seat moments that the borderline acting out of the Kippers or Karen Finley have conjured up.

In Simultaneous Moments, 1990, Blue Man Group presented a collection of skits in the appropriately rec-room-type ambience of the basement performance space here. Among the most effective of its vignettes was an opening musical number, in which a

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