Laughing Through the Grunts

Yes, it's 2010 but somehow America is experiencing a caveman invasion. It's not enough that they discovered fire and invented the wheel. Now the hairy apes have come back to take over movies like 10,000 BC and Jack Black's Year One, not to mention the Geico commercials. Now, if my boyfriend cuts his finger and I offer a Band-Aid or has a raging headache and I offer to give him medicine, he replies, "Cavemen don't need (fill in the blank)." No matter that they were lucky to live past 30. But one group of comedians who also doesn't need Band-Aids feels a kinship to the Neanderthals. Defending the Caveman, which opened on Broadway in 1995, is a parody of the constant misunderstandings between men and women. Its mission? To help their modern descendants understand one another, minus all the grunting and hand signals. To witness the peacemaking in progress, head to Arlington Improv for Defending the Caveman at 8 and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $25, or all of a caveman's fingers and toes plus one more hand. For tickets, visit
Fri., Sept. 3, 8 & 10 p.m.; Sat., Sept. 4, 8 & 10 p.m.; Sun., Sept. 5, 7:30 p.m., 2010