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One-man show adapts relationship book

Josh Hyman brings a stand-up comedy background to his one-man show adaptation of “Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus.” (Michael Grady/Courtesy)

Josh Hyman brings a stand-up comedy background to his one-man show adaptation of “Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus.” (Michael Grady/Courtesy)

Men are from Mars, women are from Venus, and Josh Hyman is on stage poking fun at relationships without going too far.

Relationships are always a hot topic and the book “Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus” has sold millions of copies around the world, Hyman said as to why he decided to adapt the book into a one-man stage show. It seemed natural to adapt it into a professional style, he said.

Hyman takes the stage at the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center, 1100 E. Sheldon St, at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 8. Tickets are $50 and available at the box office between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday or by calling 928-776-2000 or 877-928-4253.

“The show is about marriage, relationships, communication, living together, love, lust and laundry, but told from both sides of the bed,” Hyman said. “I play all the characters, I play my wife, I play my friends I play cartoon characters and hope that people walk away just a little bit closer together.”

It’s not a lecture, but on the other hand, it’s told through stories and personal experiences and as such, there are bits of things people can remember that have helped him in his relationship, he said.

Hyman said he approached the material through his stand-up comedy background, commenting that when he got his hands on the material, he figured he had to make it as funny as he could. In doing so, he put a lot of his spice on things from accents to pop culture to physical characters, he said.

“There’s dirtier parts than others, but it’s certainly not vulgar,” Hyman said, stating that in adapting it, he didn’t want to be too lame, too graphic or make it too much like a lecture. “The way to avoid that is being personal with the stories, telling my own stories instead of another person’s stories. I think keeping it real and funny, comedy mixed with drama and that’s what we get. It’s just consistent and strong.”

There’s different stages of the show when it comes to the audience too, because newlyweds and single people aren’t going to relate to some of the material because they haven’t gone through 30 years of marriage, he said. However, those are the ones that should be paying attention because once they get to that point in their relationships, it will be so much more valuable and relative to them, Hyman said.

At first, Hyman said he enjoyed just getting the opportunity to do a show like this, but as time went on, the way the material related to people so strongly became what he loved about it.

“It gives me this opportunity to perform and now I’m actually spreading a great message and it’s really a strong connection for everyone to say ‘hey, everyone goes through this and it’s OK that you go through this and it’s OK for you to learn from this,” he said. “From a personal standpoint, I’ve had the opportunity to travel the country. I’ve seen major cities, I’ve seen little towns. I’ve seen friends and family in every single place that I’ve been. It’s been just a tremendous, tremendous opportunity.”