A Common Man's Guide to Loving Women


72 pages
ISBN 1-896239-46-3
DDC C812'.54




Reviewed by David E. Kemp

David E. Kemp, a former drama professor at Queen’s University, is the
author of The Pleasures and Treasures of the United Kingdom.


Andrew Moodie is an Ottawa-born actor with extensive stage, film, and
television credits. His published plays include Riot, the deserving
winner of the 1996 Chalmers Canadian Play Award.

A Common Man’s Guide to Loving Women is set in an upscale loft
apartment somewhere in modern-day Toronto. As the play opens, Chris is
on the phone with his fiancée. She is ending their engagement, while in
the background his three closest friends, Wendle, Robin, and Greg, wait
to start his stag party. As the guys sympathize with their jilted
friend, it is revealed that Wendle has been charged with rape.

Rape is only one among many subjects covered in this freewheeling play
in which the four male characters discuss life, love, women, and
computers. The dialogue is comic but realistic. Lurking beneath the
characters’ profanity and brashness is a vulnerability and a desire
for love and understanding. This is a timeless work by a hugely gifted


Moodie, Andrew., “A Common Man's Guide to Loving Women,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed June 21, 2024, https://cbra.library.utoronto.ca/items/show/210.