“Lungs” is a Bravely Written, Startlingly Structured New Play at Barrington Stage [Berkshire on Stage]

Brooke Bloom and Ryan King (photos by Kevin Sprague)
Brooke Bloom and Ryan King (photos by Kevin Sprague)

Larry Murray: Even your fashion choices were somewhat overshadowed by the New England premiere of Duncan Macmillan’s Lungs on the newly renamed St. Germain Stage at the Lee and Sydelle Blatt Performing Arts Center. With the dedication of the former VFW building to a new purpose it was proof that neither time nor Gail’s fashion choices ever stand still.

Gail Burns: Hey, I may have been in subtle colors but I was wearing my fluffy pink scarf! (Lesley Anne Beck didn’t believe me when I said I was gonna wear it but told her I NEVER lie on Facebook.) But somehow the word Lungs just said fluffy and pink to me, even though I knew that the play had nothing to do with the human respiratory system. It concerns a 30-something couple’s struggle to decide whether or not to become parents.

In her pre-premiere welcome, Julianne Boyd reported that the Playwright just been married the day before, now whether he did this after the arrival of his first child, as the couple in the play do, or before, I know not. But just contemplating marriage and approaching middle age makes one contemplate life, death, and your own legacy.

Larry: Macmillan insists this play is not at all autobiographical. In the program notes he says it was written as he was approaching 30, and unexpectedly facing the fact that he was becoming a grownup in an overwhelmingly complicated time.

Gail: And he’s at that age when all his friends are talking about babies, I suppose, so the theme of the play seems perfectly natural.

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