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A dark yet humourous look at love, loss and life
Life is precious. It is also unpredictable, chaotic and fleeting, which is partly what makes it so precious. This is the main sentiment expressed in 'The Maintenance Room', a new play showing at King St Theatre.
The Maintenance Room' is about two men on the brink of despair. Driven by a desire to end it all, once successful businessman Edward goes to the top of a very tall building. There he meets Vincent. Both lonely beyond belief, perhaps they can find some companionship and solace in each other.
The fact that they are polar opposites fuels the comedy in this play: Vincent is laidback and outgoing, while Edward is uptight and conservative and evidently they're not going to see eye to eye on most issues.
Actors Kim Knuckey (Edward) and Lynden Jones (Vincent) deliver convincing and touching performances. We feel their pain as they reveal how their hopes and joys have faded over the preceding years. They bring to life moments from their past by reenacting the memories together. These are not only moving pieces, but also comical, as the actors adopt different mannerisms in order to portray other people.
It's clear that the set design has been well thought out and the stage is incredible. It's easy to believe that these characters are indeed meeting at the top of a tall construction building and that the drop is a long way down. This helps set the audience more on edge when either character, overcome by the tragedies of life, threatens to jump.
While the play explores some serious and dark themes, it is not depressing or dispiriting. If anything, it is an uplifting and enjoyable look at how certain people cope with the rollercoaster ride that is life.
'The Maintenance Room' is on until November 30 and includes Saturday matinees at 2pm for those who don't like to venture out late.