The Male Intellect: An Oxymoron
North Coast Repertory Theater, Solana Beach
One Night Only November 3rd - back by popular demand
Article by Cathy Breslaw
Robert Dubac wanted his audiences to experience pure fun and laughter when they saw his one man show The Male Intellect: An Oxymoron? playing for one night only, last night, at the North Coast Repertory Theater in Solana Beach. He got his wish as a few hundred men and women packed the theater with a sell out crowd. The result was ongoing uproarious laughter while Dubac asked the universal question “What do women really want? ” Posed by men, Dubac answers us by playing a series of five male characters plus a feminine voice inside his brain. Created and written 20 years ago by Dubac himself, he believes the show is timeless – that young men are mentored by older men who often offer outdated advice. Referring to his solo show as “ a combination of Mark Twain and Lilly Tomlin”, Dubac examines stereotypes, and comments that while it’s a show for both sexes and all ages, young males between 16 and 25 years old would love it too. When the show opens we meet "Bobby" in a very confused state having been dumped by the girl of his dreams. Unable to understand why, he channels some not-so-wise but hilarious advice from his five chauvinistic mentors. With a shrug of his shoulders or a crook of his neck Dubac seamlessly transforms himself into these five alter egos; each offering their own brand of misguided advice. They are: the honest Colonel; the grand communicator Jean Michel, the passionate Fast Eddie, 123-year-old hard-to-get Old Mr. Linger, and the ever-so-sensitive Ronnie Cabrezzi. The audience will clutch its collective sides in helpless laughter as Bobby sifts through their not-so-wise counsel. While sipping on a beer, Bobby finally taps into his feminine side to find some meaningful answers. In 2004, the touring production won a Craig Noel Award for Excellence in Theater, from the San Diego Theater Critics Circle, and the show has been translated into several languages and continues to be performed in several countries around the globe. Dubac has written and produced three other shows with universal themes: Book of Moron, Sex, Politics and Other Headaches, and a new production called Stand Up Jesus about how Jesus comes back to earth as a stand up comedian because as Dubac explains “it’s the only way people will listen to him(Jesus).” Robert Dubac is a writer, actor and comedian who combines live theater with stand-up comedy, and through the process of poignant social commentary, gets us all to laugh at life’s ironies, and probably ourselves. Tickets for the November 3rd performance are on sale at the North Coast Repertory Theater and can be purchased online and by phone.