Defending the Caveman

  • Date:
    Monday, March 8, 1999

    This show is written by Rob Becker, who also starred in the Broadway production, which enjoyed a run of over two years, a record for a solo show on Broadway. It has now arrived here at the Apollo theatre under the direction of David Gilmore. Mark Little is now the man "Defending The Caveman", and what a good job he does.

    The show sets out to tell the difference between men and women that originated in the Stone Age and these differences are said to be the causes of problems between the sexes today.

    Mark Little, is a great artist with perfect timing, delivery and charm. He is very entertaining, warm and easily wins over the audience to his message. Mark Little is best known for his portrayal of ' Joe Mangel' in the Australian soap 'Neighbours', as well as to the British viewing public as a presenter of the Big Breakfast, which he did for two and half years on Channel Four.

    The show received good reviews from most of the popular press: THE TIMES says "I succumbed to the show's good nature, as did those around me. We all recognised something of ourselves in its observant humour." THE DAILY MAIL says "Caveman may not run for two and a half years over here but it's enjoyable enough for Little to consider putting his summer holidays on hold." PETER HEPPLE of THE STAGE says, " It is an evening that constantly brings wry smiles of recognition." THE INDEPENDENT says, "Defending the Caveman may try to be even-handed in the gender agenda, but face it, it was written by a man." THE DAILY TELEGRAPH described he show as " funny, provocative and often remarkably wise.." However, JANE EDWARDES of TIME OUT says, " As amiable as this show is, it scoops up too many generalisations rather than anything genuinely enlightening, controversial or startlingly funny."

    This show is good for light entertainment, particularly if you like stand-up comedians. If you are looking for a comedy with some drama then this is not for you.

    (Darren Dalglish)

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