Lungs- quite simply, give you the ability to breathe. Duncan MacMillan’s ‘Lungs’? A refreshing breath of fresh air. An intimately emotional play, the drama rises and falls like gasps of air, with moments that take your breath away and moments that produce an emotive sigh of relief. The script is a wonderful combination of humour and raw honesty and makes it excessively easy to embrace and enjoy the moment.
Two characters lie at the heart of the story and take us on the tumultuous journey of their relationship over the course of almost an entire lifetime. From the initial strained and stressful baby discussions, to the optimistic decision making, and ultimately a separation by death, the story is gripping, funny, touching and realistic to the end. As expected unfortunately, with reality, comes despair and pain, a topic which the script and direction does not shy away from. Doubt, confusion and fear are prevalent emotions in the characters throughout, much as they are present in us all.
This couple could be you and your partner. They could be your friends, your parents, your children. It is about a contemporary couple living in a contemporary civilization concerned about global warming, carbon footprints, and excessive procreation; If we were all truly concerned about the future of our planet should we really be having more children?
Performed by just two actors, scrubbed down and wearing jeans and sneakers, acting on a non-existent set, amidst a small theatre in the round setting, the production could hardly be more intimate and organic. There were times when I didn’t want to breathe or move for fear of upsetting atmosphere. Perhaps these facets are the key components to the beauty of the production- and beautiful indeed it was.
Disclaimer: As a theatre blogger for GVPTA, my ticket was provided free of charge to this production. That being said, opinions and statements made are my own. This is not a review, but a post meant to promote discussion within the Vancouver Theatre Community. GVPTA supports its member companies.