The Scream Blue Murmur are an Irish performance-poetry quintet who travel the world chanting verse and singing songs of a political bent. Before visions of Bono keep you away, the songs and poetry are raunchy, angry, and delightfully perverse. In this show, the troupe compares the bloody, war-ravaged election year of 1968 to the bloody, war-ravaged election year of 2008 (in America, not Ireland). Since they often perform in bars, the performance is frankly better suited to venues where spectators are stewed—especially the sing-alongs (yes, audience participation is expected). The best of the pieces imagines terrorism being solved by a ménage à trois in which terrorists are given a, uh, penetrating piece of the orator's mind. The show is complemented by video appearances by Elvis, the Rolling Stones, and a spooky Jim Morrison murmuring "Unknown Soldier."
Fri., July 31, 7 p.m.; Sun., Aug. 2, 10 p.m.; Thu., Aug. 6, 7 p.m.; Sat., Aug. 8, 1 p.m.; Sun., Aug. 9, 7 p.m., 2009