Review: ‘Lungs’ at the Roundabout Theatre

Posted on October 27th, 2015 by

Review: ‘Lungs’ at the Roundabout Theatre

“Following the lives of two people, this is a real rollercoaster of emotion. A Fast paced, quirky, modern love story full of emotion and brilliantly acted”.

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From the highs of comedy and laughter to the lows of real empathy for their loss; this was a very moving story put together by the Roundabout Theatre. With the stage holding just the two actors without any props, the space was filled with brilliance and expertise in their craft. The relationship between the two was easily believed as they portrayed their very real bond of a partnership that is tested and stretched in every way.
The first ‘laugh out loud’ part came at the very beginning where he asked his partner if they should have a baby, this ensued in to a panicked ranting from her about freedom, studies, job prospects and the carbon footprint of a child which apparently is the equivalent in size of the Eiffel Tower. This monologue was funny in itself but especially the line ‘can we at least wait to have this conversation until we are out of the queue in Ikea’!
The storyline started out to be quite a simple decision for a couple – whether or not to have a baby?
This then evolved in to the full thought processes of each individual, the pros and cons of doing so, which gave me some real ‘food for thought’. As the story moved along the couple became pregnant, however the excitement and happiness this created gave weight to the unbearable loss of their child through miscarriage with following events that unfolded causing the couple to split up, have some time apart, get back together again and live out their lives until old age.
A simple story in its self, but one that drew a powerful response from mine and the audiences emotions, Laugh, cry, distress and happiness ‘Lungs’ had it all truly powerful stuff!
By Susan Hackney
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