Dr. John Gray, 1992 pop-psychology, self-help book, is now a one man stage show that has been playing for over two years and finally made it to New York via New World Stages. The book has sold over 50 million copies and obviously it has helped considering the rate of divorce is about 50/50. Uninterested in this kind of mass marketing, fake self-help, I never read the book. Thanks to last night I got the one-man standup comedy version inspired by Gray’s book by Peter Story, directed by Mindy Cooper.
We hear about Story’s relationship with his wife, Megan, written or adapted by Eric Coble (Broadway’s The Velocity of Autumn) as he takes her to the opera, but she is a complete bitch about it. We learn how how laughing at a man’s jokes is an aphrodisiac, how men are obsession with sports as women are with culture, how men need “trust and approval” while women require “attention and understanding,” how women are obsessed with their looks and the scoring system. Everything was so stereotypical and not exactly all true. As I sat there watching, all I could think about is what about the transgender’s, the gays, the lesbians or any other non-traditional couple?
The accompanying video clips created by Bazillion Pictures were semi-amusing cartoons that were at least different if not out dated.
Story is like James Cordon as he dances and shows his moves before and after each act. My favorite part was the listing in the Playbill of Tristan Ramos as the costume designer for what looked like a badly picked out outfit from The Gap.
The good news is this is a show men will want to see. For those who love stand-up comedy you will be entertained. I just found this boring and the perfect non drug version of Ambien.
Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus Live!: New World Stages, 340 West 50th St. Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays through November 29