Are you looking for a fantastic evening outing in Boston that is fun for the whole family? Look no further than Blue Man Group at the Charles Street Playhouse followed by dinner at P.F. Chang’s Chinese restaurant in Boston’s theatre district. Click here for Blue Man Group’s website and click here for P.F. Chang’s website.
My mom originally came up with the idea to see Blue Man Group, and I, at first, was very reluctant to go due to my noise sensitivity problems (Blue Man Group is a performance group of men who have seemingly all-blue bodies. Their shows combine music, science, and art and they are very highly rated by various entertainment newspapers). A friend of mine who is also noise-sensitive saw Blue Man Group as well, and absolutely HATED it due to the noise. But, I was out of luck due to the fact that my dad and brother also wanted to see Blue Man Group. My dad bought me earplugs, which definitely helped me enjoy the show more. Alas, I was pleasantly surprised. While it did not live up to all of the hype that it got, it was most certainly not one of the worst performances ever. The last musical number of the show was a hilarious hip-hop-type song that contained all of the synonyms for the word “butt” that were appropriate for young children (I DID say it was a “family show”). There were giant, white, plastic, beach-ball-type balls that seemed to float in midair that the audience could hit around that I greatly enjoyed. There were also rolls of toilet paper attached to the ceiling that everyone was ripping off and throwing towards the stage. It was a lot of fun even though my brother and I both nearly got strangled by the massive amounts of toilet paper surrounding us. Other highlights of the show include a comedy routine involving GiPads (giant iPads), the instruction of a variety of different “rock concert movements,” the Blue Men spitting paint onto canvases (and yes, the resulting masterpieces actually looked like they belonged in a museum), and much, much more. An overall great performance for the entire family.
For dinner (and an end-of-Passover celebration), my family and I went to the very crowded P.F. Chang’s Chinese restaurant in Boston’s historical Theatre District. My brother, Gabe, and I have numerous food allergies, and P.F. Chang’s did an okay job handling them. They gave us printouts of all of the foods off of the menu that were allergen-free for us, but my mom ordered something that was not on the printout (lo mein). They messed up the lo mein the first time, but at least we got a huge discount from it. It took my family at least an hour to get our food, and my dad had to get Gabe and I bagels from Dunkin’ Donuts to tide us over. The food was okay, but it was as salty as when one accidentally swallows ocean water on a trip to the beach. It wasn’t the worst food ever, but if you want Chinese food in the Boston area, go to Golden Temple. The food there is SOOOOOOOOO much better than P.F. Chang’s.
Overall, it was a fabulous evening that the whole family enjoyed. My ratings for the show and dinner are below:
Blue Man Group: 4 out of 5 stars
P.F. Chang’s: 2.5 out of 5 stars
Have any of you been to Blue Man Group and/or P.F. Chang’s? If so, what did you think of either or both of them? If not, would you like to try them?