ED2012 Theatre Review: Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus (Sally Humphrey Productions Ltd)
By Ciara Knowles | Published on Friday 17 August 2012
“Men / Women (delete as appropriate) – can’t live with them, can’t live without them,” so the saying goes. This clichéd phrase along with other stereotyped views is at the core of this performance based on John Gray’s best-selling book. Undoubtedly, it has fuelled pop-gender studies ideas in today’s culture and the show is filled to the brim with gender over-generalisations. The absence of context to these generalisations nullifies any validity they may have; however, this is not a slight at this well-delivered and engaging performance of this stage adaptation, but rather an issue with the content itself. If you like the book, you’ll like the show, but beware; alongside the nuggets of sense is content based on ridiculous myths about the sexes.
Underbelly Bristo Square, 1-27 Aug (not 13), 3.30pm.
tw rating 2/5 | [Ciara Knowles]