Coolatully hits every single trope of a modern Irish story with an impeccable, though taciturn exactitude. Solas Nua is “the only organization in the United States dedicated exclusively to contemporary Irish work,” but here “contemporary” falls short of the “new light” they take their name from.
With St. Patrick’s Day only a week away, and “Danny Boy” heard in many a pub, Solas Nua, the DC based company dedicated to Irish arts, is presenting the American premiere of Fiona Doyle’s Coolatully, which tells the tale of other young men facing the need to leave home.
You can almost feel the Fringe/touring roots of Little Thing, Big Thing from the mixture of story-telling with theatre, the acting challenges given the small cast, the clever blending of genres, and the ambitious themes. Irish playwright Donal O’Kelly has written an unusually dexterous work full of comedy and surprises that receives a smashing Solas Nua.