Munster High grad set to ignite laughs in 'Defending the Caveman'

2013-06-07T00:00:00Z Munster High grad set to ignite laughs in 'Defending the Caveman'Eloise Marie Valadez Eloise.Valadez@nwi.com, (219) 933-3365 nwitimes.com

Kevin Burke continues to encourage audience members to laugh at the idiosyncrasies in relationships between the sexes.

And he'll be doing that as he stars in the one-man popular production "Defending the Caveman," running today through Sunday at Theatre at the Center in Munster.

"This is especially gratifying for me (to perform there) because I grew up in Munster," said Burke, by phone, recently.

A resident of Indianapolis, Burke has starred in the Broadway tour of the show, which was written by Rob Becker, since 2003. "Defending the Caveman" played Theatre at the Center a couple of years ago and has been a huge hit in Las Vegas winning Burke the honor of being named Las Vegas Entertainer of the Year. For the last seven years, Burke said, he's been presenting 'Caveman' in Vegas.

"Defending the Caveman" revolves around the relationship between the sexes and offers humorous insight, observations and commentary.

"It all comes down to how men and women communicate," said Burke. He said a woman might use 7,000 words to communicate a thought while a man will use 2,000.

According to Burke, prior to living with 'Caveman' for the last 10 years, he said he's a bit more enlightened about the relationship between males and females.

(Before performing in the show) "I thought I knew how men and women communicated but I don't think I really did," he said, with a laugh.

Burke recently left Las Vegas to move back to Indianapolis. He'll continue to perform spot dates with "Caveman."

The actor "needed a break" from the Las Vegas schedule of performing nine shows over seven days every week. "This will be a little bit of a lighter schedule. I'll be taking the show out every couple of weeks," he said.

Burke is a 1979 graduate of Munster High School. "Munster is a wonderful place to grow up," he commented.

The actor hopes audience members coming to see "Caveman" will realize that "neither side is right or wrong. They're just different."

If people can just laugh with one another at the differences between the sexes, Burke said that's the best thing to be taken from the show.

"And if they come to 'Defending the Caveman,' they may fall in love with their significant other all over again."

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