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Josh Hyman

Josh Hyman

Photo from Genine Esposito Photography

Talk of relationships isn't usually a laughing matter.

But when actor/comic Josh Hyman tackles the subject, it's definitely humorous. Hyman is currently starring in "Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus Live!" running through Feb. 21 at The Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place in Chicago.

"The show is a great refresher for the good, bad and the ugly of relationships," said Hyman, adding audience members will surely "recognize the things we all go through."

The production, based on the hit 1992 book by John Gray, is a one-man show with Hyman at its helm. "For me, personally, I come from a stand-up background as well as an acting background so the show is really a hybrid of that," he said.

From the moment Hyman emerges on stage, he gets the audience laughing, and at times, interacts with people.

"I'm a hysterical human being," he said, chuckling. Hyman said this type of show, in which there's a blend of acting and stand-up, allows for a different type of "dynamic" from the audience. It also allows for his personality to really be shown on stage. The witty actor even brings someone up on stage for a segment.

While the show does have a script, Hyman said he can occasionally be a little flexible with it.

"I'm very excited that this is the perfect opportunity I've been waiting for to be able to mix acting, stand-up and storytelling," he said.

Throughout his life, the actor said it was pretty natural for him to be attracted to humor and thinking up witty anecdotes.

"I see things that happen in a normal day and I can't not comment on it," he said. Hyman said that kind of lightens up your life a bit when you look at the humorous side.

The actor invites audience members to join him for this whimsical, funny and sometimes irreverent look at the workings of relationships.

"Men Are From Mars — Women Are From Venus Live!" debuted in Paris in 2007 and started in February 2013 in the United States.

FYI: "Men Are From Mars - Women Are From Venus Live!" continues through Feb. 21 at the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place, 175 E. Chestnut, Chicago. Tickets are $68. Call (800) 775-2000 or visit


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Eloise is A&E Editor and a food, entertainment and features writer for The Times, subjects she has covered for over two decades in and around the Region. She was the youngest of eight in a Chicago household filled with fantastic cooks and artists.