Why Men Cheat

March 31, 2010


I have to admit I wasn’t terribly impressed by Why Men Cheat. It wasn’t big, it wasn’t clever and it was littered with cheap shots at easy, contemporary targets (Twink, AIB, Coldplay). I was very much alone. The near capacity New Theatre audience was in stitches at its hen night humor and I know, in my heart of hearts, that if my parents were there they would probably have left the venue on a gurney. So what was wrong with me?

The basic story revolved around our, for want of a better word, “hero” Peader De Burca who recounts his own personal tale of betrayal with that of 250 other men he has interviewed, some of whom are comically brought to life by the foil to his theory, Brian O Gibne. There are some nice bits, such as his comparison of Irish women with their foreign counterparts, and some brilliant one liners but the whole thing never came together, either as a piece of theatre or as stand up comedy. To often it went off the point and wasted precious time with pointless trips into the audience and painful pauses to lap up the, admittedly feverish, applause.

The jokes were more effective in Sex and The City, Entourage, Pulling, Coupling and any other number of TV shows, movies and wank mag articles from which they were lifted and more often than not the audience were laughing at the shapes O Gibne was throwing rather than the actual humor .The plot is also seriously undermined by the fact that DeBurca himself had every right to cheat, robbing the piece of dramatic tension.

A series of second hand gags mulled with vague fact kept my attention from wandering but rarely did it make me really laugh or ponder why men actually cheated. But if you are one of those people who finds Killinaskully funny(i.e. the majority) then your funny bone would have been serioulsy bruised.

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