Defending The Caveman
Reviewed by David Kashimba

What happens when your wife catches you standing in front of an open refrigerator drinking orange juice straight from the pitcher? She probably hands you a glass that you look at strangely, tuck it under your armpit and continue to drink from the pitcher. You might wonder why she did that, but you won't hold it against her. Your behavior, on the other hand, will probably drive her crazy. She might even call you all kinds of four letter names. But you were just doing what comes natural.

On the other hand, remember the last time you went shopping with your wife? She went on for hours and hours actually becoming more and more energized the longer she shopped. You, however, were exhausted in the first five minutes so you tell her that when she's done, she can find you at the video arcade. There you can reenergize yourself by killing aliens from another galaxy trying to invade earth. But she was just doing what comes natural.

In Rob Becker's Defending The Caveman, Becker takes a comic yet thought-provoking look at the gender gap. What makes men and women so different? Becker returns us to our primal roots to answer these questions. The caveman was a hunter focusing on his prey until he lanced it with his spear. The cavewoman was a gatherer, gathering things that can be used in her cave. He then shows how all men/women behavior in today's high tech world still relates to those primal principles.

John Gray, author of Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus described the show as "Absolutely brilliant! Caveman should be seen by anyone who wants to understand the opposite sex." It's rare that a comedy can keep you laughing for almost two straight hours, but this performance had every man and woman in the audience laughing so hard that tears came to their eyes. It's understandable why this touring show was the longest hit solo play in Broadway history. Becker, a Bay Area resident, has struck a deep primal cord of laughter that will continue to entertain people for many years to come.

For local tickets and information at San Francisco's Curran Theatre call (415) 512-2770 or 551-2000. For touring performances call 1-888-cavetix.

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