Lungs: A deeply human portrayal of the decisions made in life

By Kendall Buzzelli

As life goes on, we are forced to make choices. Some of them are easy – for me, becoming a Spartan was one of the easier choices I had to make – and some are hard –  deciding “what I wanted to be when I grew up” was a bit more difficult. Looking at our life’s trajectory can be daunting, and we tend to plan for the high and low points.

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Here this week is a Wharton Center Theatre Production called Lungs. It is relatable to the sacrifices and victories we all meet in life. Lungs tells the story of a couple in their 30s, who are considering having a child. While contemplating this seemingly delightful experience, the couple begins to examine their doubts, fears, and anxieties related to the immense responsibility of bringing life into the world.

The Pasant Theater will be adorned with very little decor for this production – just a bare stage and two actors. Lungs is presented in an intimate seating arrangement in the round with limited seating, including 60 seats on the Pasant stage. The director, Wharton Center’s own Bert Goldstein, said, “I wanted to create as intimate a space as I could, so the audience would really get that ‘fly on the wall’ experience.”

I’ve never been much of a clear-cut decision-maker, and because of that, this play interests me immensely. Something about the raw, emotional side of making a life-altering decision is hauntingly beautiful – especially at this time in our history.

Lungs is a perfect example of theatre doing what theatre does best: taking the human experience and looking at it through a particularly sharp-focused lens. Lungs will make you laugh, cry, and think, all in one 90-minute sitting.

Wharton Center Theatre Productions presents LungsFebruary 15 through 18. $19 student tickets are available, as well as $29 public tickets. Check us out on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more exclusive info on what’s happening at Wharton. 


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