Rant and Rave: ‘Defending the Caveman’

Defending the Caveman. Photo by Martin San Diego.

Never judge a play by its flyer. Defending the Caveman, starring Joel Trinidad, and directed by Michael Williams and Cathy Azanza-Dy, staged a show about the battle of the sexes.

Trinidad, in his fourth portrayal as the caveman/protagonist, entertained the audience in a monologue; he explained the cultural differences between men and women. Moreover, he sprinkled some subtle and not-so-subtle examples about gender conflicts in daily life—even during the Stone Age. He weaves the story in an amusing yet truthful manner, especially when explaining the basic functions of man and woman in a household.

Simply put, the ninety-minute packs enough laughter to last a week.  Yet beneath the hilarity is a thread of realism. The play is directed towards struggling couples that have problems with each other’s personalities, and coming to terms with the challenges of daily life. Even as it contains some adult language and sensitive material, the play is worth it. Not only that, but discerning the content wisely will definitely help create a better relationship with the opposite sex.

Defending the Caveman. Photo by Martin San Diego.

At the end of the day, Defending the Caveman is a one of a kind production, something that one can never regret watching; it trumps all the bestselling self-help books sprouting up in the market.

Stephanie Tan

By Stephanie Tan

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