Second Stage presents Jim and Ruth Bauer's new musical.
What Is the Story of The Blue Flower?
The Blue Flower centers on a German artist named Max, who makes his way to Berlin and then Paris in the years before World War I. He befriends another young artist named Franz, and the two become inseparable. They even both fall in love with a brilliant young scientist named Maria, but she only has eyes for Franz. As Europe spirals toward World War I, both men join the German army. Along the way, Max meets his match in another artist named Hanna and The Blue Flower follows the roads these lives take in a story that stretched from pre-war Paris through mid-century America.
What Is The Blue Flower Like?
If it sounds like this show covers a lot of historical ground, it does. Projections on the back of the set are used to tell the fast-moving story and fill the audience in on historical details they need to know. It also serves to subtitle Max, who sometimes speaks in an invented language called “Maxperanto.” Most importantly, the show takes a note from the Dada art movement it references, which bloomed during World War I and rejected all prevailing artistic standards, so musical numbers that seem out of left field and look a lot like today’s performance art are peppered throughout the piece.
Is The Blue Flower Good For Kids?
It’s a musical, but The Blue Flower isn’t exactly light fare. Elements like the ugliness and violence of war, some (albeit fairly tame) sex scenes, a scene involving rape and the death of a main character, and the overarching presence of the explanation-requiring Dada cultural movement make this show better for teenagers than younger kids.