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“Defending the Caveman” – CityRep’s Oklahoma premiere of long-runing Broadway Hit


John Venable stars in CityRep’s production of “Defending the Caveman.”Picture provided

Staff Report


Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre continues their Eleventh Season with Rob Becker’s “Defending the Caveman.” Co-sponsors for this season’s third production are The American Theatre Wing and BancFirst.


“Caveman” holds the record as the longest running solo play in Broadway history. It is also now a worldwide rock-solid “tour de force” that has won the hearts of millions. “Caveman” has been seen in 45 countries and translated into 18 different languages (and counting).


Concerning the insightful play about the ways men and women relate, CityRep officials say “Caveman has both sexes roaring with laughter and recognition. Affectionate nudging between audience members occurs during the performance as they recognize themselves in the stories being told on stage.”


“Defending the Caveman” makes us laugh at ourselves, and all the ways men and women fight, laugh and love.


Reaching the CityRep stage just in time for Valentine’s Day, the wildly popular comedy was written by Rob Becker over a three-year period during which he made an informal study of anthropology, prehistory, psychology, sociology and mythology. “Caveman” has since become more than just a laugh-out-loud hit, it is a peacemaker in the ongoing misunderstandings between men and women.


The show originally opened in San Francisco in 1991 and soon moved to Dallas. After a year in Dallas — by then an unqualified hit — “Caveman” went on to sold-out engagements in Washington D.C., Philadelphia and Chicago, before opening on Broadway in 1995.


After running two and a half years, playing 702 performances at the Helen Hayes Theater, Caveman entered the record books as the longest running solo play in Broadway history. “Caveman” has been touring theaters all around America and around the globe ever since.


The CityRep production stars John Venable. Tickets are $8 for Students, Teachers and Military Personnel (with ID), $20 (groups of eight or more), $30 (matinees) and $35 (evening performances), and may be purchased by calling the CityRep Ticket Hotline at 405.848.3761 or the Civic Center Music Hall Box Office at 405-297-2264 or 1-800-364-7111.


Tickets may be purchased online through the CityRep website at, or through the Civic Center Music Hall Box Office website at Season Sponsors are the Oklahoma Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Richard P. Dulaney Foundation.


The show’s preview performance is Friday, February 8, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. The Saturday, Feb. 9 “matinee preview” is at 1:30 p.m. Saturday evening’s gala “opening night” is Feb. 9, at 7:30 p.m., with a Sunday, Feb. 10, 1:30 p.m. matinee.


The second weekend schedule continues as follows: Thursday, Feb. 14,  with a special Valentine Day’s performance at 7:30 p.m. Evening performances continue Friday, Feb. 15 and Saturday, Feb. 16 at 7:30 p.m., with matinee shows Sat. Feb. 16 at 1:30 p.m. The the closer at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17.


CityRep (Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre), under the leadership of Founding Artistic Director Donald Jordan, is one of only three Equity professional theatre companies in the state of Oklahoma, and as such provides a vital service to our community by presenting programming that is reflected in major arts communities around the country—and to our Oklahoma professional theatre artists by providing an Oklahoma venue for employment and an artistic home. CityRep operates under an agreement with Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States.

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