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Ben Target: LORENZO (Soho Theatre)

By | Published on Monday 14 August 2023

From his slick, assured delivery, it’s clear that Ben Target has many years’ experience as a stand-up. Despite his amusing asides and tangents, however, his ‘LORENZO’ is a very different kind of show. Its eponymous hero is Target’s uncle – well, family friend, taken in by the performer’s parents after fleeing Hong Kong. Now near the end of his life, Lorenzo needs Target’s live-in care simply to survive. Though shot through with buoyant humour, and employing an evocative wooden recreation of Lorenzo’s precious workbench, Target’s show is a poignant and unflinchingly honest reflection on memory, family, frailty and ageing, warm-hearted but with a flinty edge of tough love too. Memorable, perceptive and deeply moving.

Summerhall, until 27 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [David Kettle]