By: Bonnie Goldberg

Move over, Fred and Wilma Flintstone.  Take a hike, Barney and Betty Rubble.  There’s a new caveman in town and his name is Paul Perroni and he will be entertaining visitors at Long Wharf Theatre until Sunday, August 22.  Perroni will be the main hunter with the spear as he performs Rob Becker’s “Defending the Caveman,” billed as the longest running one man show in Broadway history.

Put on your leopard skin shirt or dress and go where the deer and the buffalo roam so Paul Perroni can give you a detailed diatribe on the differences between the genders:  why men hunt and negotiate and women gather and cooperate.  His premise is that the customs, conversation, fighting styles, marking of territory, language, even laundry, are radically dissimilar depending on whether men or women are doing them.

 Standing in his circle of sacred and dirty underwear, Perroni pontificates with humor and self-deprecation on why women perform rituals like dressing for a party and need compliments and men are more likely to perform the sniff test over the soiled laundry hamper when selected an outfit.  He patiently explains how men frequently run out of words, especially when you compare the paltry male quota of 2000 a day to a women’s far superior 7000.  Men prefer to communicate with their television sets, especially if they can gain control of the remote.

 But for all their differences and contrasts, men continue to provide for and protect their family, while revering the magic that women practice so well.

 Be prepared to recognize the rituals you practice and laugh at your own foibles in this comic battle of the sexes that has been going on since, well, cave dwelling times.

 For tickets ($32), call Long Wharf Theatre, 222 Sargent Drive, New Haven at 203-787-4282 or online at www.longwharf.org.  Performances are Wednesday to Sunday nights at 8 p.m.

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