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    One-caveman show sheds light on battle of the sexes

    Isaac Lamb has been performing Rob Becker’s “”Defending the Caveman”” for four years, and as he said in the play, great audiences and positive feedback keep it new and exciting. The longest-running solo production on Broadway came to Tucson last weekend, and audiences were laughing, groaning, nodding and nudging each other at this stand-up comedy monologue about the battle of the sexes.

    Originally premiering in San Francisco in 1991, it is still being performed today as a comedic sensation. Touching on subjects like male bonding, erogenous zones and male sensitivity, “”Defending the Caveman”” has been performed in more than thirty countries and translated into 15 languages.

    With a normal build, scruffy beard and amazing talent for emulating the broad and puzzled look of a Neanderthal, Isaac Lamb plays the part of the modern-day caveman perfectly. With neither vindictiveness nor undue anger, Lamb takes us back to the hunter-gatherer days. He explains why women and men are so different, having evolved with different skills and he compares the rituals of our ancestors to modern situations such as fighting over the remote.

    Performed with more believability than a person exhibiting dissociative identity disorder, Lamb successfully imitates his exchanges with men and women on the stereotype that “”All men are assholes.””

    “”Somewhere, someone decided that there are two genders; women and assholes,”” he said. “”I’ve got no one on my side, not even men.””

    A successful deconstruction of male and female behavior, this performance hilariously delivers entertainment and crucial information about why men and women are different and how both genders can deal with their expectations of a mate.

    Men are better at honing in on one thing, for example, while women can pay attention to many things at once. Lamb concludes that women get mad at men because they assume men have the same multi-tasking gatherer capacity that women do, and that they’re simply not using it, making them assholes.

    Lamb also talks about the female love of details. When women get together they talk a lot, using an average of 7,000 words a day, while men use an average of 2,000 words a day. Women share everything with each other, and get together just to sit and talk, a thing that men rarely do. Men don’t really deal in details, and when they have no details to give, the woman assumes that they are withholding said details, making them assholes. I’ve been in this situation, and Lamb’s deconstruction of it gave me an epiphany of just how large the gender gap really is.

    The situations are easily recognizable by all audience members, and a loud groan came from one man as Lamb talked about his wife’s need to cuddle. This play gives anthropologic and psychological basis for male and female behaviors, unlocking certain behaviors that opposite genders find mysterious and confusing. With widespread appeal to anyone who has ever dealt with the bewildering opposite sex, “”Defending the Caveman”” puts up a good fight and teaches the audience to understand their gender counterparts.

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