Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Lazy Susan: Double Act, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Jay Richardson.
Focusing on some of the lost souls secluded from life’s feast, sketch-character duo Lazy Susan’s sad creations are nuanced and sympathetically drawn, if not always easy to connect with.
Freya Parker and Celeste Dring have followed up last year’s Edinburgh Comedy Award best newcomer nomination with an exploration of the double-act dynamic, one that doesn’t aspire to obvious tensions but instead, once again subtly draws out relationships over multiple extended narratives.
Less clear-cut than their debut, with exposition generally kept to a minimum, there’s a dreamy, weird, even slightly sinister tone. Estranged childhood friends meet again as a policeman and the sad-sack reprobate he’s tossing in the drunk tank, the origins of their fallout gradually becoming apparent. A ball-busting businesswoman’s tale is less compelling, with little amusing to add to a familiar caricature. But some of the standalone sketches have more to recommend them, Parker’s cheerfully negligent medical professional on the documentary Dirty Surgeons an insouciant hoot. Lazy Susan clearly have ambition and pretensions to profundity with Double Act but the real essence they were reaching for remains obscure.
Pleasance Dome (Venue 23) until 31 August / listings
Published in The Scotsman on 19 August 2015
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