A friend and I sneaked off during the day while my kids were at school to see the world premiere of a play. We didn’t really know what it was going to be about or how we were going to like it. We walked to the theater and talked about how good/bad it could be. We tried to keep open minds and not to let our judgments get the best of us and ruin it!
Before the curtains opened, one of the producers stood and spoke to the audience about the concept and need for a play that would show the strength, struggle and resilience of the military way of life. He explained to us that no one involved in these play had experience as a military spouse; this is when we got a little nervous ( how can you possibly get it if you don’t live it?). He went on to tell us how over the last 4 years they sat down with several military spouses, collected stories and information and then compiled that into this masterpiece, “The Comfort Team.”
Meet Vicky, Chandra, Mrs. Yates, Jojo, Barbie, and LT Gonzalez, a group of Navy Spouses who are enduring a rather stressful deployment. They are pulled together because of their husbands service and events that unfold throughout the different acts.
I don’t want to give away a lot, because from what I hear The Comfort Team is trying to go national – which means that you may all have the opportunity to go see it. If you do, then you should! It was better than I could have ever expected.
The Comfort Team incorporates someone from just about every stage of the journey as a military spouse. From the newlywed, to the seasoned. The Admiral’s wife to the Seaman’s. Yet, somehow they all pull together and we can clearly see that there is a common bond amongst all of them: fear. Fear of not knowing, fear of knowing too much, fear of losing, fear of not losing, fear of everything from the balance of the bank account to the knock at the door.
There was much-welcomed comic relief mixed in to add that humorous aspect of this ever changing life. I think that we as military spouses grow to love and expect it, that moment when things get too serious and someone chimes in with an off-the-cuff inappropriate joke to lighten the mood. After all, one of my favorite things about military spouses is that even when it seems their worlds have caved in around them, they still manage to find some part of it funny.
So, for whatever it is worth, I give The Comfort Team my stamp of approval. The nailed it. They truly got it right. They kept me thinking, and definitely threw a few curve balls that I did not see coming!
Pick up the phone and call you local theaters and tell them to bring The Comfort Team to you!
Did you already see it? If so, tell me what you thought.
Virginia Stage Company – The Comfort Team – Play information, cast bio’s and more