The benign spell [Rob Becker] casts on audiences in "Caveman" has to do with "blowing away stereotypes" and showing that "men have emotions, but they express them differently," he said during an advance publicity visit this month. A "Caveman" example: A woman says to her best friend, "You're my oldest and dearest friend," while a man will say to his best pal, "You still drivin' that hunka junk?" Same meaning, different jive.
"Defending the Caveman" returns for yet another encore in Washington tonight through Nov. 19 at the Warner Theatre. Meanwhile, Becker told Backstage he's working on a sequel--"Cave Dad"--based on his life as the father of three (ages 7, 5 and 2). But he won't be ready to perform it for a Stone Age, knowing the time he takes to hew his comic ideas. "Defending the Caveman" took more than three years to write. He tried bits of it in his comedy routines in the late 1980s and debuted the entire piece in 1991. He rarely changes a line, even today, he said, though he's put in a reference to Pokemon.
A scenic and lighting designer for opera, films and television, [C. Robert Holloway] had plays produced in the 1970s and '80s, but for the past decade, [Oscar Wilde] has been his obsession. He's written a novel, "The Unauthorized Letters of Oscar Wilde" (available via the Internet through Xlibris), and is writing a 12-hour miniseries on the subject. And, of course, "Oscar & Speranza."
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