Paul Noodle Phd. Candidate features the talents of performers Jacob Sacher and Jack McGorlick. An immediate takeaway from ‘Into the Abyss’ is that both performers (particularly Jack) exude energy and enthusiasm in a show that takes the audience on a journey with “a father who enters his son’s mind”. And yes, it gets weird.
Performing to a sold out crowd, there was plenty of support and backing for Jacob and Jack as they traversed the bizarre landscape. The performers have done well to incorporate the audience into the improvised elements of the show, which provided a simple but enjoyable opportunity for call-backs. Both Jacob and Jack appear to love breaking the fourth wall and draw decent humour from it.
‘Into the Abyss’ felt more entertaining than overwhelmingly humorous. The laughs were largely drawn out of the randomness of the scenes, bar a few sketches. The box of self-reflection drew solid laughs as well as a clever take on public transport policy. In the latter scene, Jacob nailed his audience interaction and made it a particular highlight. This type of absurd humour is not necessarily my cup of tea but both performers’ enthusiasm made the show enjoyable to watch.
If you enjoy odd sketch adventures featuring nonsensical whimsy, physicality and an eclectic range of props, then this show might be for you.
Check out Paul Noodle Phd. Candidate from 31 March to 8 April. For more information and to book tickets, click here.