Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Tom Neenan: The Andromeda Paradox, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Kate Copstick.
This is a well-mannered, smartly dressed, nicely spoken hour of fun, silliness and science fiction. Tom Neenan, ex-Gentleman of Leisure is now Professor Bernard Andromeda, Gentleman of Science. An obsession with “Rocketry” and the quest for internal thrust, a tiny green alien, a bomb-crazy Scot, some plant sex and a loveless childhood revealed in a series of ingenious flashbacks are the meat on the bones of the plot.
Tom Neenan is impressive in the role of… everybody. The tiny green alien touched all our hearts and, while I don’t want to give away the plot, don’t be too upset when it dies. The action moves at lightning speed but despite the total lack of costume changes, such is Neenan’s skill that we know immediately whether he is nice Prof Andromeda, his nasty father, his alluring assistant Cathy or the tiny green alien. This is impressive stuff. Of course , he whole adventure takes place in an earlier time – a simpler time. A time when comics were much better dressed. And so the show is suitable for all the family, despite the plant sex.
Pleasance Dome (Venue 23) until 31 August / listings
Published in The Scotsman on 12 August 2015
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