"Well," said 83-year-old Wanda Mehsikomer as she plopped back down in her seat at Tucson Music Hall.
"I didn't expect that."
Mehsikomer had just finished a stint on stage at the Tuesday opening of the Blue Man Group.
Three blue men had wandered into the audience, looking folks over until they spied white-haired, cheery-looking Mehsikomer. They guided her gently onto the stage and proceeded to sit her down for a Twinkie meal. She was game, the audience loved it, and the Blue Men got a taste of their own from the feisty Mehsikomer.
Pulling audience members onto the stage is just one part of an evening with this loud, psychedelicesque, colorful, innovative show.
The other parts consist of some pretty wild drumming on such things as oil drums and PVC pipes. Spitting paint on to a canvas to create a painting. A whole bit on technology which included a phone app dubbed "Twit That Lit." That would be twitter versions of great works of literature. "Moby Dick" began "Where is that darn whale? Here whaley whaley." Or "War and Peace" was something like "War. War. War. War. Snow. War. War. Peace."
The three men of Blue Man Group are silent - voiceovers, music, signage and their eyes, which peer out of smile-less blue, bald heads, uncover oodles of wit and loads of talent.
Blue Man Group is an experience. The show is clever, and it's impressive and a tad scary that they can so easily get the audience to do their bidding ("Yell. Yell louder." "Say - don't sing - happy birthday" to whomever's name is gliding over the Times Square-like LED streamer).
This is high-energy participatory theater, a throbbing concert, a graceful dance, an intense light show.
It's funny and its mesmerizing.
As Wanda Mehsikomer would say, "We didn't expect that."
• What: Blue Man Group, presented by Broadway in Tucson.
• When: 7:30 p.m. today; 8 p.m. Friday; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday;; 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday..
• Where: Tucson Music Hall, 260 S. Church Ave.
• Cost: $29-$69.
• Tickets: broadwayintucson.com or at 1-800-745-3000.
• Running time: 100 minutes, with no intermission
Contact reporter Kathleen Allen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 573-4128.