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“Robert Dubac’s Male Intellect: The 2nd Coming” – Miracle Theatre Productions at the Lyceum Theatre
AIRDATE: JULY 4, 2008
Prepare yourself for The Second Coming – Dubac is back! That’s Robert Dubac , the smart, funny, perceptive, incisive, ever-searching and always-skeptical writer/comedian/ magician, who has a lot more to tell us about males and females, Bush and Pavlov, Freud and his own tell-it-like-it-is/no-holds-barred Uncle Bobby. His first one-man show — part stand-up comedy routine, part ‘Men are From Mars’ instruction manual – was provocatively titled “The Male Intellect: An Oxymoron.” For his new show, “Robert Dubac’s Male Intellect: The 2nd Coming,” he spends the first act giving us the best of his last show. Which isn’t all bad., since the best stuff is mighty good, and I liked this condensed version a whole lot better than the other one in its entirety – though that show has toured more than 500 American cities and ten other countries. Dubac is already at work on the final part of his trilogy, called ‘Piss and Moan.’ But that’s another show for another day.
Right now, in “The 2nd Coming,” brought to us by Miracle Theatre Productions, we learn once again about the male and female brain, and the female side of the male brain, in Dubac’s eternal and elusive pursuit of What Women Want. Once he gets men to get in touch with their more feminine side, they can achieve a sense of Balance that allows them to walk through the Door of Truth. And that’s where Act 2 begins, with a hilarious diatribe on things personal, political and philosophical. Dubac relishes talking about the four things that are never supposed to be brought up in dinner-table conversation: sex, race, politics and religion. For instance, one thing he thinks we need is “to focus on the ‘fun’ in fundamentalism, not the ‘mental.” And, he asks: “Do we need gay people in the military? Most assuredly. Because when we slip it to countries like Iraq from behind – let’s use professionals.”
Morphing into a slew of comical if sometimes stereotypical characters, from a tobacco-chewing redneck to a limp-wristed metrosexual , and periodically demonstrating his delightful sleight-of-hand, Dubac rails against our cultural hypocrisies, gleefully skewering the media, consumerism, political correctness and the daily onslaught of “propaganda” we’re force-fed in the name of news, fact and infotainment. His highly amped, machine-gun delivery is an assault of its own, but of the witty, clever, word-and-idea-drunk variety.
Be forewarned: This is not mindless humor, and it’s not for the faint of heart. In his attempt to encourage us to think outside the box, Dubac hovers on the edge of the comfort zone. If you don’t want your sacred cows tipped, stay home, scratch your belly and crack open a brewski . But if you’re open to this engaging, multiple-personality wise-guy, you may laugh yourself silly, though he’ll have you thinking all the while, and all the way home.
“Robert Dubac’s Male Intellect: The 2nd Coming” has been extended through July 27 at the Lyceum Theatre in Horton Plaza .
©2008 PAT LAUNER