How do you really bid farewell to a long-term relationship? In “Comfort,” Sara and Mike have reached the end of their marriage. It is time to sign the divorce papers. But Mike hopes that his ex will reconsider things; he does not want Sara to go. As he remembers two major moments in their relationship and tries to make sense of it all, he realizes that happiness cannot be bought.
In a relationship, there is always one person who loves more than the other and one who is ready to move on. Breaking up is never easy; it hurts. And the occasional love-making does not mean that things will go back to the way they used to be. “Comfort” touches upon all those things and more.
Any playwright knows that the success of a play depends on a few important things. First, he or she must infuse elements of the unsaid in the storyline, forcing audience members to read between the lines and imaginary layers of meaning. Then, the story must slowly unfold to reach a climax where all the clues come together, allowing a solution to be found. “Comfort” is a great example of a play that follows theatrical guidelines to a T.
Life is a series of experiences. People are brought together and walk on the same path for a while. Then, when the time has come, each takes different turns. Despite their love for each other, Mike and Sara must learn to move on. As we witness what goes on in Mike’s head, we are given the opportunity to understand why love is sometimes not enough. It takes two people to make things work and occasionally, one of them is not ready to listen. The play awakens deep emotions, makes you laugh and cry, and teaches forgiveness. Like Mike and Sara, we learn to grieve relationships that have turned sour in our lives. And we do it in the most unique and cleansing way. In that sense, we become better human beings.
The beauty of “Comfort” also lies in the extraordinary chemistry between the actors. Kirsten Kilburn – as Sara – is mesmerizing. She is one of the most talented actresses I have seen in a long time. Troy Anthony Young – as Mike – is not scared to lay his emotions bare for audience members to see. Their performance will change you for ever.
“Comfort,” a play written by Gordon Portman. Actors: Troy Anthony Young and Kirsten Kilburn.
NB: Under 16 not admitted.
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Cendrine Marrouat is a writer, published author and translator living in Canada. Official Website: http://www.cendrinemarrouat.com