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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.

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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.).

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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.

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Ryan Drummond stars in “Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus” at the Tower Theatre.

• 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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Comments (8)

  • javier cabrera

    This would be a great experience for myself and my partner. A lot can be learned from this. We have never read the book but have heard about it for years. Would love to go!

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  • Linda

    Date night. Perfect for a couple. We both can learn something

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  • Marlene & Greg Stephens

    Thank you Donald for this opportunity to see this play. I found the book to be very funny and very realistic in my almost 50 years of marriage. We are up for an evening of giggles and laughter and learn big something new again.

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  • Hansen

    Have been wanting to read the book for a long time. Perfect for a couple, especially because one of us has always stressed the psychological difference between females and males, while the other is more doubtful. Also perfect for an international couple wishing to explore the lovely Fresno area a bit more. Thanks for the opportunity.

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  • Laura Couron

    Have never read the book, but would love to see the show!

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  • LaVon

    Skimmed over the books years ago in my early college years and never really applied it to my life. However I have been in a relationship for the past 5 or so years(I should know by now) and this would be a great way for us to read something together, learn a little more about one another, and see a show!

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  • Mary Vaux

    I would like to see this. I have had my share of interesting boyfriends

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  • I haven’t read the book, but I would love to watch the show and learn more about the conflicting natures of male and female!

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