‘Defending the Caveman’ actor yields to new ‘rock’ star

Kevin Burke, the long-time star of “Defending the Caveman,” passed his spear on to a worthy successor at a send-off celebration on May 13.

Burke, who performed in the one-man show at The Improv at Harrah’s for 10 years, gave his last full-time show on Monday. Chris Allen took the reins on Tuesday.

“Defending the Caveman” is the longest-running solo play in Broadway history. Burke was hand-picked for the Las Vegas production by the original caveman — the show’s creator, Rob Becker. At his going-away party, Burke was honored with a certificate from Nevada Senator Dean Heller and Governor Brian Sandoval, and Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman named May 13, 2013 as “Kevin Burke Day.”

Allen will carry on the show’s tradition of digging deep into themes like feminism, masculine sensitivity and relationships that have hit the funny bone for men, women and couples for decades — across more than 45 countries and in 18 different languages.

“Defending the Caveman” plays nightly at 7 p.m., with additional performances Sundays and Mondays at 4 p.m.