Review: Dr Professor Neal Portenza performs his own autopsy live on stage. One night only.
- The Fix
Cranky “Stavros” set the ball rolling, complaining from the crowd that the show hadn’t started. Restless, he prowled around before sneaking backstage – then round two of the show began.
Ninety-five percent unscripted, Portenza (Joshua Ladgrove of Come Heckle Christ notoriety) created a riot. Let the squeamish be appeased: his autopsy didn’t occur (prompting a seriously fine heckle: “When are you going to expose your organs??”). Instead, a jumble of tricks tumbled out of his bag – all beginning with his blindly-selected volunteer stooge: a 14-year-old boy. The kid worked perfectly with Portenza, “going rogue” and making the best of his time on (and off) stage. Surprise Russian expertise, a long-suffering techie and a fabulous wrap-up sequence all made for a very enjoyable night.
For patient punters who are just keen to be out of the house, Dr Professor Neal Portenza will deliver. You have to play along, though, so if you like your performances organised, self-contained and sharply scripted, then your dry and crabby soul will be welcome elsewhere.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Dr Professor Neal Portenza performs his own autopsy live on stage. One night only. (Obviously). continues at Tuxedo Cat @ Raj House until Sun Mar 16 (excl. Wed).