Next Stage's nadir, Icarus Redux, drives theatre critic from his seat early
ICARUS REDUX by Sean O’Neill (Axis Mundi). Studio. Jan 13 at 6:30 pm, Jan 14 at 7:30 pm, Jan 15 at 5:30 pm, Jan 16 at 9:15 pm. Tickets are $12-$15, some pass discounts 416-966-1062, fringetoronto.com. See listing. Rating: N
There’s bad theatre, and then there’s bad theatre that pretends to be mystical and mythical.
Inexplicably remounted from Fringe 2009, Icarus Redux takes the Greek story of pride and ambition and grafts it onto a vague psychotherapy session about a boy (playwright/director Sean O’Neill) who’s feeling more than filial affection for his dad, Daedalus (Jonathan Whittaker).
Suggestions of incest – at least theatrical – don’t trouble me, as long as they’re supported by a compelling narrative. O’Neill seems more concerned with layering on John Gzowski’s intense soundscape and navigating the pyrotechnics of Brendon O’Neill’s set than in offering any context for his characters’ verbal wankfests.
Oh, but we do get a scene where father and son compare genitals.
May be that’s what drove one local theatre reviewer (lucky, lucky man) from his seat mid-play.[rssbreak]