Laughs Plentiful (From Men and Women) at THE MALE INTELLECT: AN OXYMORON

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From the title of the current production at Bucks County Playhouse, you might think a male-bashing is in store…some man-hating person, full of bitterness, spouting off about the ugly side of the male animal. Not true…in fact, what we have is a very talented and funny man, telling man-secrets to everyone, resulting in the fastest 90 minutes on any stage.

THE MALE INTELLECT: AN OXYMORON is a one-man show written, conceived and performed by Robert Dubac. It tells the story of “Bobby”, whose girlfriend has dumped him. Bobby is confused…not entirely sure why, but is trying very hard to figure it out before a deadline. Bobby’s ex has said she will call in 2 weeks, and the time is almost up. Desperately, Bobby seeks assistance from various people he has encountered in his life (all hilariously performed by Dubak). Together with these influences, as well as the disembodied voice of his “feminine side”, Bobby tries to work out what women want from men. Is it Sensitivity? Honesty? Sense of humor? Passion? Communication? Or perhaps it’s something more mysterious?

I took Mrs. Reviewer along with me to this show–a rare occurrence. We sat in the audience and both of us laughed almost continuously for the entire performance. The show in incredibly well-written, the pace is perfect, and Dubak is so fluid in his performance you know he believes everything he is saying…or not. Years of performing this piece throughout the country (to rave reviews) have honed this production to razor-sharpness, and the audience reaps the benefit. Lines are delivered very casually, or intensely, fast or slow, as the occasion requires…yet every word is spot on, every nuance perfect. Dubak takes joy in poking fun at the male animal, and both men and women join in on the joke.

I cannot recommend this show enough. Equally funny and thought-proviking, the performance was so flawless, so enjoyable, that when it was over the audience clamored for more. Fortunately, there will be more…we got a preview of his other show (opening later this month at the playhouse), THE BOOK OF MORON. This promises to be equally delightful…I’ll let you know!

This is a very limited run production…don’t wait to see it.

THE MALE INTELLECT: AN OXYMORON
Conceived, written and performed by Robert Dubak
November 12 – November 23, 2014
Bucks County Playhouse
70 S Main St
New Hope, PA 18938
(215) 862-2121
bcptheater.org

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Walter Bender

Walter Bender

Walter Bender is a veteran of over 35 years performing all over the country. He attended Texas Lutheran University as a Theatre Arts and Vocal Performance major. While in college he toured much of the Southern and Western states with various acting and singing groups. He appeared briefly on radio in San Antonio and on TV in Miami while in college. Moving back to PA, he has performed in well over 100 amateur and professional theatrical productions, and directed dozens more throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. Among his favorite roles are Lt. Colonel Jessup (A Few Good Men), Daddy Warbucks (Annie), and most recently he was George in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Arguably his favorite theatrical memory was creating the role of Alan Frick in A Fast Train to Heaven for Bill Gottshall Productions. He is co-founder of Spring-Ford Community Theater, has served as Managing Director of 2 different theaters, Artistic Director of a third and President of another. He worked for the Delaware Valley Arts Institute, where he worked with many wonderful artists and instructors, culminating in being selected to facilitate a post-graduate course at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. Currently he serves on the board of directors for dcp theatre as their Director of Corporate Communications.

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