Review: Dedalus Lounge

Three Irish chums try to drink away the growing-older blues around the holidays.

  • Photograph: Russ Rowland

    Dedalus Lounge

    Dedalus Lounge at Interart Theatre Annex

  • Photograph: Russ Rowland

    Dedalus Lounge

    Dedalus Lounge at Interart Theatre Annex

  • Photograph: Russ Rowland

    Dedalus Lounge

    Dedalus Lounge at Interart Theatre Annex

  • Photograph: Russ Rowland

    Dedalus Lounge

    Dedalus Lounge at Interart Theatre Annex

Photograph: Russ Rowland

Dedalus Lounge

Dedalus Lounge at Interart Theatre Annex

Time Out Ratings :

<strong>Rating: </strong>2/5

Stop by Dublin's Dedalus Lounge during the holiday season and you're likely to find three thirtyish school chums drinking, reminiscing, even smooching—anything to alleviate the pungent aftertaste of disappointment. Don't be surprised if Danny (Rapp), who longs to assemble a Queen tribute band, strips down to his underwear and rocks out la Freddie Mercury. Or if an interpretive dance (performed by Heather Phillips and Curtis Howard) creeps up as Delphine (Roscioli) delivers a monologue about her ailing grandmother's life. In fact, in Irish playwright Gary Duggan's messy mlange, the action begins while we're still milling about the lobby—when Daragh (Kautz) storms off after a vociferous dispute with an usher.

At moments of such merry uninhibitedness, Dedalus Lounge emerges as something more than a lukewarm exercise for lost souls bemoaning their loneliness, failed relationships and thwarted ambitions. Rapp euphorically takes Danny from nebbishy to flamboyant when he breaks into song, and Kautz bundles wild energy into a character rapidly whirling out of control. But their bonds seem tenuous. Although Duggan displays an ear for murky, delicate dialogue, the characters that emerge from it are familiar without being distinct, as if we were merely eavesdropping on the beer-swilling folks at the bar down the block.

Director Chris Henry tries to counterbalance this with multimedia enhancement—spirited original songs by Rapp and Daniel A. Weiss written for the play's U.S. premiere, video of the three from rosier days, choreography by JoAnn Hunter—but seasoning won't help a cut that isn't choice to begin with.

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Interart Theatre Annex. By Gary Duggan. Dir. Chris Henry. With James Kautz, Anthony Rapp, Dee Roscioli. 1hr 30mins. No intermission. See complete event information.