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‘Men Are From Mars’ is a Comedic Take on Relationships

“Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus LIVE!” is a theatrical one-man comedy show with a fresh take on love just in time for Valentine’s Day. After performances in more than 50 cities across 30 states, it’s now coming to what star Amedeo Fusca describes as “one of the best theater towns to perform in’’ — Chicago.

 The show, taking place at Broadway Playhouse (175 E. Chestnut St.) beginning Feb. 11, is a comedic take on relationships and romantic tendencies. Originally based on a book of the same name by relationship counselor John Grey, the show is an “amalgamation of stand-up, storytelling, playing some characters and improv with the audience,” Fusca said. 

 Fusca describes the show as a great date night and explains his goal is to “reaching the guys who got dragged to the show and don’t want to be there.” He aims to make the show memorable with conversational aspects, mainly “talking to the guys in the room throughout the show.”

 Fusca said he tries to get the audience as involved as possible because it creates for “a more fun and entertaining experience.” In addition, he makes a conscious effort to adapt to audiences and make it “as punchy as possible.”

 “We want you to fill in your own personal jokes or your own personal style of humor throughout,” Fusca said. 

 Starting off as “a Pittsburgh kid with a knack for theatrics,” Fusca moved to New York 10 years ago to pursue his passion for comedy, theater and storytelling. He said he enjoys making people laugh and likes the freedom that comes with a one-man-show.

 Fusca said he’s not trying to do serious commentary or analysis on relationships. 

 “It’s not rocket science,” Fusca said. “I am trying to create a nice two hour date-night-out for couples that are coming or anyone that is coming.” 

 He said his goal is to put smiles on people’s faces and make them laugh, something he’s successful at. 

 “When I talk to them after the show they’re so happy they came out and that’s kind of the point,” Fusca said. 

 Just as he gleans material for the show from observing everyday life, Fusca encourages aspiring actors and comedians to do the same.

“Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus LIVE!” will be playing through Feb. 23 at Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place (175 E. Chestnut St.). Tickets start at $69.

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