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Star-Crossed Relationships

Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus Live! never lets up as the show featuring actor and comedian Amadeo Fusca flows swiftly from vignettes to stand-up, and from dating and marriage to the bedroom.

Donna Leahey
January 1, 2017

Is another date night coming up and you’re trying to think of something different to try? She’s hinting she wants something romantic, or he’s hinting he wants to laugh. You and your partner can both get what you want when you go out together to Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus LIVE! The touring production of the off-Broadway hit comedy arrives at the John H. Williams Theatre in the Tulsa Performing Arts Center for three performances.

The one-man show starring actor and comedian Amadeo Fusca is a light-hearted comedy fusing theatre and stand-up theatrical comedy that is based on The New York Times No. 1 best-selling book of the last decade by John Gray. MafMWafV (come on, it’s a lot to type) has been entertaining the world since 2007. The humor never lets up as the show flows swiftly from vignettes to stand-up, and from dating and marriage to the bedroom.

You may be asking yourself how a one-man comedy show could be based off a non-fiction relationship book like MafMWafV. “ The show is like a live manual of the book,” Fusca explains. A practical application of things you might learn from Gray’s writing, expressed through comedic vignettes.

“At the beginning of the show, people don’t know what they’re going to see,” Fusca explains. “So, I do a little intro, a couple quick jokes, tell a couple of stories. I introduce the audience to how it’s going to go. My wife is a main character, and I play her throughout the show. It’s kind of like me, acting like her. It goes back and forth between me and her having conversations.”

Fusca admits that the show may be skewed toward the male point of view, “but I act her out and give her a strong position and voice, her own distinct physicality. I play her in a loving way, and a lot of times I make me look dumb.”

Along with the comedy and entertainment, Fusca believes MafMWafV offers wisdom and insight.

“[Every night] there are men and women in the audience, holding hands and maybe coming to learn more about their relationship,” 
he says. “They see themselves growing closer. I mean, if you need couples therapy, this won’t fix you, but there are nuances that people identify and learn from. They watch me do something onstage and think, ‘That is ridiculous. Do I do that?’ It helps them learn to understand each other when they see me act that stuff out.”

While Fusca considers himself an actor first, his comedy credibility is impressive. In 2013, he won the legendary Friars Club So You Think You Can Roast? competition, beating out 55 other comedians, roasting ‘80s child star Ricky Schroder and NBA Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman in the process. Fusca’s success at the roast landed him two quotes in Entertainment Weekly’s funniest jokes of the event. He is also part of the UCB Maude sketch comedy team. His acting chops have landed him roles on the big and small screen in HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, the Netflix series Daredevil, As the World Turns and the feature lm A New York Heartbeat.

Fusca has entertained audiences with the sexy and fast-paced humor in MafMWafV for over 80 shows in 2016, and is booked for about 100 more this year.

“It’s ever changing and evolving. With every show, something new happens,” he says. “For instance, I go out into the audience at one point and talk with one of the women and play off what she says.

So, it’s never the same from one show to the next. The show and the script, they let me expound and add my own personal details.”

The MafMWafV book was published in 1992 and explores the differences between the sexes. The idea is that most common relationship problems are caused by fundamental differences in the way men and women think. By use of the MafMWafV metaphor, Gray explains that men and women simply don’t understand the customs of the others “planet.”

The book has sold over 50 million copies and been translated into 40 languages.

Award-winning playwright Eric Coble used Gray’s ideas to craft this delightful and insightful theatrical comedy. The nonstop entertainment will have adults laughing like little children, and perhaps learning a little bit about their relationship along the way.

“It’s a high recommendation to come out to and see the show,” says Fusca. “I definitely continue to work to make sure it’s fresh, that it’s working and relatable. People really enjoy the show. We tell everyone, come see this show! It’s an amazing date night.”

Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus
Tulsa Performing Arts Center
Jan. 20: 8 p.m.
Jan. 21: 4 p.m., 8 p.m.