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Broadway's Wildly Popular Smash Comedy Defending the Caveman Comes to Des Moines!

February 2, 2018

DES MOINES, IA — Des Moines Performing Arts is pleased to present DEFENDING THE CAVEMAN, the longest running solo play in Broadway history, from Tuesday, Feb. 13 through Sunday, March 4, 2018 at the Temple Theater. DEFENDING THE CAVEMAN is the third show in the 2017–2018 Prairie Meadows Temple Comedy Series.

Tickets to DEFENDING THE CAVEMAN can be purchased at DMPA.org, the Civic Center Ticket Office, and by phone at 515-246-2300.

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE: (Feb. 13 – March 4, 2018)

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday      7:30 p.m.

Saturday                                                          5 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Sunday                                                                3 p.m.

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In Des Moines, couples are sure to be roaring with laughter and sharing knowing glances while asking “Could comedy give couples therapy a run for its money?”  With hilarious insight on contemporary feminism, masculine sensitivity and the erogenous zone, DEFENDING THE CAVEMAN mines the common themes in relationships that go straight through the funny bone and into the heart. DEFENDING THE CAVEMAN makes us laugh at ourselves, about all the ways that men and woman fight, laugh and love.

“CAVEMAN is a nationwide comic phenomenon!” ~ The New York Times

 “An outrageously funny and surprisingly sweet exploration of the gender gap…" ~ Chicago Sun-Times

 “Hysterically Funny! Couples who were seen arguing before the show, stroll out into the night holding hands.” ~Variety

Written by comedian Rob Becker over a three-year period during which he made an informal study of anthropology, prehistory, psychology, sociology and mythology, DEFENDING THE CAVEMAN played for two and a half years on Broadway, making it the longest running solo play in Broadway’s history.  It is now a worldwide hit with productions in 30 countries, and scheduled to open in more than 60 cities in North America this season.

DEFENDING THE CAVEMAN offers a hilariously insightful prehistoric look at the original battle of the sexes. Full of wonderful scenarios that celebrate the differences between men and women, CAVEMAN is a must see for anyone who is, has ever been, or would like to be in a relationship. In addition to winning the hearts of audiences worldwide, CAVEMAN has also garnered praise from a multitude of marriage and family therapists across the nation for its humorous exploration of the gender gap.

DEFENDING THE CAVEMAN is produced by Theater Mogul — a global theatrical production company with shows in more than 47 countries and in 27 different languages.

DEFENDING THE CAVEMAN will be performed by Vince Valentine (week one), Cody Lyman (week two), and John Venable (week three).

For additional information about DEFENDING THE CAVEMAN, please visit DMPA.org.

About Des Moines Performing Arts

Des Moines Performing Arts is a private not-for-profit organization celebrating 38 years of presenting the performing arts to Iowa and the surrounding states on four stages in Des Moines – the Civic Center, the Stoner Theater, the Temple Theater and the newly renovated outdoor space, Cowles Commons. Des Moines Performing Arts is a presenter of major Broadway and educational touring companies, performers and groups, and is home to many local and regional groups, including the Des Moines Symphony. All performances of the Broadway Series are supported by Willis Auto Campus. All performances at the Temple Theater are supported by Prairie Meadows. All performances of the Family Series are supported by Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield. For more information, visit DMPA.org.