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Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus Live!

The famous self-help book arrives on the stage in a one-man show with engaging Los Angles raconteur Peter Story.

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Peter Story in a scene from “Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus Live!”

Peter Story in a scene from “Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus Live!”

Victor Gluck, Editor-in-Chief

Victor Gluck, Editor-in-Chief

John Gray’s bestselling 1992 self-help book, Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus, has sold 50 million copies in 50 languages. Not surprisingly it has been turned into a stage show adapted by Eric Coble that has been seen in 80 cities in 35 states in the last two years. Now this entertaining one-man show is making its Off Broadway debut for a limited engagement with Los Angeles raconteur Peter Story under the direction of Mindy Cooper.

Handled as stand-up comedy, Story tells us that he did not at first accept Dr. Gray’s theories until he heard one of his lectures, and then he became a convert to the concept that men and women’s thinking and feeling is so different that they might as well be from separate planets. Story uses his own life as an endless source of comic anecdotes to illustrate Gray’s ideas: his own courtship, marriage and life with his wife Megan. Basically, the theory boils down to men needing trust and approval while women need attention and understanding. Initially, Story’s mirthful tales are of how he caused unnecessary conflicts with his wife by not following these rules. Eventually, he learns the hard way through trial and error, and ultimately improves his life and marriage.

Peter Story as he appears in “Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus Live!”

Peter Story as he appears in “Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus Live!”

Aside from Story’s first-person narrative, the show uses witty animation sequences as well as video clips of Dr. Grey explaining his theories mainly about men and women scoring points with the opposite sex differently: women count a gift of a two dozen roses as one point while men will give themselves a score of 24. Here we learn it is better for a man to do a great many little gestures for his female partner rather than one big one.

While the show is amusing throughout, it is somewhat dated as it assumes that a couple is in an old-fashioned traditional relationship. It does not take into consideration same-sex relationships or any other than that of a man and his wife. It doesn’t deal with non-traditional relationships like stay at-home dads or other situations that don’t follow the paradigm under consideration. Nevertheless, Story is an engaging narrator and raconteur and he holds up well using his own mistakes as a model of what not to do. As presented at New World Stages, Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus Live! is most probably best for date night out for heterosexual couples or single straight men or women looking for advice on relationships to improve their love lives.

Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus Live! (through November 29, 2015)

New World Stages, 340 W. 50th Street, in Manhattan

For tickets, call 212-239-6200 or visit http://www.telecharge.com

Running time: two hours including one intermission

The famous self-help book arrives on the stage in a one-man show with engaging Los Angles raconteur Peter Story.

Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

Victor Gluck, Editor-in-Chief
About Victor Gluck, Editor-in-Chief (514 Articles)
Victor Gluck was a drama critic and arts journalist with Back Stage from 1980 – 2006. He started reviewing for TheaterScene.net in 2006, where he was also Associate Editor from 2011-2013, and has been Editor-in-Chief since 2014. He is a voting member of The Drama Desk, the Outer Critics Circle, the American Theatre Critics Association, and the Dramatists Guild of America. His plays have been performed at the Quaigh Theatre, Ryan Repertory Company, St. Clements Church, Nuyorican Poets Café and The Gene Frankel Playwrights/Directors Lab.

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