Theater Play Review: Defending the Caveman

If you are in a relationship or on the way to being in one, you’ve got to watch Defending the Caveman!

This play is a one-man show starring Joel Trinidad. It starts off with a video of Joel and his wife getting married and starting a life together. Right after, Joel starts talking to the audience as if he’s just telling his friends a story.

What’s nice about Joel’s monologue is that he doesn’t come across as a boring guy talking to himself or the wall in front of him. He talks directly to the audience and even got us responding to his questions every now and then. His conversational tone makes one sit up and listen.

His topic is straightforward – the differences and misunderstandings between men and women with some analysis thrown in on why both genders act the way they do. It’s funny to notice that while Joel continues to speak about males and females along with various examples and scenarios, some members of the audience would be nudging or giving very pointed looks to his/her significant other. I went as far as pinching my husband’s arm a few times to emphasize that he is exactly who was being described by the man on stage. Hubby, on the other hand, would poke me in return whenever he thinks I should feel the barbs being thrown at the women.

In fairness, the words spoken on stage hit both corners. Nobody’s exempted. All of us had to sheepishly or grudgingly admit that we do, or have done, this or that at one point or another in our lives. Although the dialogue was delivered from a man’s perspective, Joel was able to effectively express the feminine side with his creative and very funny impersonations of several female characters in his life.

The script, written by American Rob Becker, is witty and entertaining and was intended as a vehicle to show that men have emotions too although they express them differently.

This play has been shown in theaters around the world and performed in sixteen languages. It holds the record of being the longest running one-man play in the history of Broadway. It was first shown in Manila last year and it’s coming back for another run, by popular demand, this coming May 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 2011 at 8pm at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza, Makati. 

Defending the Caveman is directed by Michael Williams and Cathy Azanza-Dy. Get your tickets now at or email

*Part of the proceeds of the May 7 showing of Defending the Caveman will go to the Japan earthquake relief efforts.

Edit April 26: Newsflash! Get 50% off on your Caveman tickets via Ensogo deals!
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