People are in stitches during medic comedy
Doctor in the House, Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton.
POPULAR funnyman Joe Pasquale conducts his own bit of rib-tickling surgery to help bring this 1950s medical comedy moreup to date.
Some of the humour in the story, written by Richard Gordon and Ted Willis, is inevitably a shade dated, particularly the sketch where trainee doctor Simon Sparrow (Phillip Longhorne) is so desperately shy with his latest girlfriend.
But former King of the Jungle Joe, playing medical student Tony Grimsdyke, plays himself at times, chatting to the audience before curtain up and later, while kissing shapely girlfriend Vera (Emma Barton), turning to the customers with a grin and saying: "I love this bit".
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It works well.
He has a few other exchanges with people in the front rows of the stalls as well as acting competently as the would-be doctor who repeatedly fails his exams by choice because a relative has left him a large sum of money for every year he studies medicine.
Robert Powell is convincing in his role as the pompous hospital chief surgeon, Sir Lancelot Spratt, who thinks he has stumbled on an orgy when he turns up during the students' rehearsal for a Christmas play.
And he demonstrates his acting skills during a practice 'operation' on portly hospital porter, Bromley, played with terrific enthusiasm by Peter Dunwell.
By Paul Marston.