Battle of the sexes gets prehistoric

Cody Lyman stars in "Defending the Caveman" at the Thousand Oaks Civics Arts Plaza. Photo by Michael Brosilow

The battle of the sexes is an historical phenomenon, and the differences between men and women are examined all the way back to prehistoric times in “Defending the Caveman” now playing for a limited engagement at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza.

Actor Cody Lyman stars as the Caveman in the one-man comedy that Rob Becker wrote during a three-year period during which he made an informal study of anthropology, prehistory, psychology, sociology and mythology.

Lyman, through his prehistoric medium, examines the differences between men and women and the way they relate, comparing the all-too-familiar behavior to both sexes in modern-day times.

The longest running solo play in Broadway history, “Defending the Caveman” has played for two years on Broadway. There is even a street in New York named Caveman Way, and former mayor Rudolph Giuliani declared an honorary “Caveman Day” on July 18.

“Defending the Caveman” plays Oct. 3-6 at the Janet and Ray Scherr Forum Theatre at Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza’s Countrywide Performing Arts Center, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd. Times vary. Tickets are $44. More information can be obtained at;, or by calling 805.449.2787. Tickets can be purchased by calling Ticketmaster at 805.583.8700