Lazy Susan: Forgive Me, Mother! (4 stars)

Lazy Susan: Forgive Me, Mother!

Sketch duo return with powerhouse of a show

This is Lazy Susan's best show yet, which is praise indeed given the lofty standards Celeste Dring and Freya Parker have set. When they assure us (after another inspired musical opening) that the show has no agenda, they're lying. Forgive Me, Mother! is a sublime hour of sketch comedy that responds to, and reflects, the Time's Up movement with hilarious consequences. The duo do their best to claim their own twisted equality and it's a joy to watch.

The strength of their narrative doesn't result in a total change of approach, and so Forgive Me, Mother! gives us a blast of quick-fire character comedy early doors, with some more elaborate sketches following suit. On the Time's Up theme, there's playful satire ('sexy women with a catch') and some black humour (a sketch about two men in balaclavas) while their eye for a weird costume remains: Parker's interpretation of a fly is laugh-out-loud funny.

Dring's prolonged flirtation with an audience member pays off in the show's grand finale, which utilises the careful development of the duo's onstage personae to great effect: Parker is a hugely paranoid bag of nerves, her partner an adventurous extrovert. The fallout is chaotic and memorable, with Forgive Me, Mother! nothing short of a triumph.

Assembly George Square Theatre, until 27 Aug, 4.20pm, £9.50–£10.50.

Lazy Susan: Forgive Me, Mother!

  • 4 stars

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