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Dragon's Breath

  • Theater, Drama
  • 3 out of 5 stars

Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

All she wants is to see her name in print. But Justine’s first novel, a young-adult paranormal-romance e-book called Dragon’s Breath, acquires a life of its own. It's not that hunky teen dragons start flying off the pages and into her world—Michael C. O’Day’s clever premise keeps the action rooted in reality, despite the craziness that abounds—but that readers can’t simply enjoy the book and its successive installments for what they are. An online critic (O’Day) hounds Justine (Lorinda Lisitza) at readings for what he sees as her inaccurate depiction of dragons, while a lonely, troubled young woman (Hannah Sloat) goes to the opposite extreme, taking the books as gospel for a new religion (read: cult) that involves cosplay and deep breathing. Frisky performances from the seven-person ensemble keep Mikaela Kafka’s production animated, but at more than 90 minutes, this witty satire of fantasy fiction and Twihard sects runs out of fire before the end.—Diane Snyder

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