Consider this as a title: “Men Are from Pluto, Women Are from Neptune.” Not quite the same ring to it, wouldn’t you agree?
But “Mars” and “Venus” seemed to do the trick, somehow perfectly encapsulating author John Gray’s premise that most common relationship problems between the sexes can be chalked up to fundamental psychological differences between the sexes. After selling more than 50 million copies, “Men Are from Mars, Women are From Venus” has been adapted into a number of genres, including infomercials, audiotapes and videotapes, weekend seminars, theme vacations, a one-man off-Broadway show, a TV sitcom, and a proposed movie.
Perhaps most successful is a one-man stage version that premiered in Paris in 2007 and was seen by 1 million people throughout Europe. It debuted in the U.S. in February 2013 and has been touring the country ever since. (It last played in Fresno in 2016.)
You can win a pair of tickets to Saturday’s performance of “Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus” (8 p.m. Saturday, May 12, Tower Theatre). To enter, leave a comment on this post telling us 1) if you’ve ever read the book; and 2) whether you ever used anything from it in a relationship. (Or, if you’re too shy to share about your personal life, just tell us why you’d like to go.) Deadline to enter is 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 9. I’m giving away three pairs of tickets, and I’ll pick the winners at random. Please don’t enter if you won’t be able to use the tickets. I’ll be informing the winner by email, so check yours on Thursday.
The touring stage version makes a stop at the Tower Theatre for one performance only (8 p.m. Saturday, May 12). It stars Ryan Drummond, an actor, singer, juggler, mime instructor, and voiceover artist (he was the original voice of “Sonic The Hedgehog” for Sega Gaming Corp.).
Here’s how the producers describe the show:
Moving swiftly through a series of vignettes, the show covers everything from dating and marriage to the bedroom … Sexy and fast paced, this show is definitely for adults, but will leave audiences laughing and giggling like little kids! When Mars and Venus collide, the adventures are earth-shatteringly hysterical. It’s a great recipe for a night out: a little storytelling blended with some comedy and a dash of sage wisdom from the book.
Here are three interesting tidbits about Drummond:
• He made his national television debut on “Baywatch” alongside David Hasselhoff and Pamela Anderson.
• He is a certified trainer of Polish and French mime.
• He distinctly remembers reading “Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus” as he was taking the train from JFK airport to Manhattan to appear on “The Rosie O’Donnell Show” back in December of 1998.
Tickets for Saturday’s performance are $50.
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