Blue Man Group

The Blue Man Group is a theatre/performance/show. It’s currently also in Vienna.

Plot:
Before going into the show, I thought, “there’s actually not much I know about this show. I know that there are blue guys and they do some drumming.” And nobody I talked to seemed to know more. Now I know why – it’s not because they don’t do more, but because it’s really hard to characterise what it is exactly that they do do. There’s comedy, there’s music, there’s audience participation. I guess it’s best experienced for yourself.

In any case, I was very well entertained and I laughed a lot. [Though listening to the people around me, not everybody liked it as much as I did.] If you don’t ask for a cohesive whole, you’ll have a great night.

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Bounce: Insane in the Brain

Bounce is a Swedish Street Dance Company whose production Insane in the Brain is a take on Ken Kesey‘s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (which I’ve reviewed here).

Plot:
The daily routine of the patients in a mental institution is disrupted when a new patient gets there – Randle McMurphy. He leads the patients into rebellion but ultimately pays a high price for it.

Insane in the Brain is pretty damn amazing and didn’t get nearly the attention in Austria it deserves. Even though there were some squabbles I had with it, altogether it is well worth to see.

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Stomp

Stomp is a percussion collective who make music by using everyday objects.

The Show:
The show consists of about 10 people making music, using everything from dustbins to brooms to do that. They also dance a little.

I saw Stomp for the first time 12 years ago or something like that. Then I was very impressed, this time not so much. I even fell asleep during the show. It was still very impressive, but it just was too long.

Well, I don’t really have much else to say about it and my other entry today is very long, so I’ll leave it at that.

Richard O’Brien’s Rocky Horror Show

I went to see the Rocky Horror Show again. It was a new production, staged by Richard O’Brien himself. [The official production page is here, but it sucks and although there’s a English Button, I couldn’t push it. And it has sound.]

Okay, for everyone, who doesn’t know the story or the music or anything about it, GO AND WATCH THE MOVIE RIGHT NOW!

Everyone else can stay here and hear my thoughts on this production.

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Because I love the movie so much and have seen it approximately a million times, every live show for me kind of has this problem of not being the movie. The actors sing differently, Frank-N-Furter is never as hot as Tim Curry‘s was etc etc.

But this production really pulled me in and made me forget that it wasn’t the movie. [Although Tim Curry still was the hotter Frank-N-Furter.] It was great. The casting was very well done, especially Riff Raff had a voice to knock you out of your boots high heels.

Unfortunately, what I didn’t like about it was the narrator – actor Alexander Goebel did it in German and the translation was really bad. Plus, I think that he read/spoke pretty badly.

What was missing, too, was the audience participation. I mean, people did the big things – like throwing toilet paper or using the water pistols, but nobody said any of the phrases, and throwing rice was forbidden.

I really liked the incorporation of film into the stage design, as well as the King Kong hand during “Don’t Dream It”.

Summarising, it was a very good production. Cool.