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Seagirl, Blindfaith Theatre, at the Duncan YMCA Chernin Center for the Arts. In Francis Elitzig's adaptation of a Chinese folk tale, a country girl, Seagirl, is determined to rescue her village from the ravages of a dragon; the beast's daughter later joins in her quest. That the two young women accomplish their mission without perishing reflects a laudably enlightened view of female courage.

Other fanciful characters assisting our heroine include a guitar-strumming peacock, a bossy goose, and a pair of ill-mannered parrots. Obstacles are provided by Seagirl's skeptical school chums and unassertive father and by high mountains, turbulent rivers, cryptic riddles, hidden talismans, difficult moral decisions--oh, and the aforementioned dragon, represented by all three actors.

This is a lot of narrative to pack into less than an hour, which makes Blindfaith Theatre's ingenuity and industry all the more impressive. Director Nick Minas and his players give Elitzig's somewhat academic text a colloquial delivery, highlighting the theme of triumph through one's wits rather than muscle. Produced under the auspices of the Duncan YMCA's "ShoeBox Series," the play was heartily received at the performance I attended by a crowd of eager children prepared to slay an army of dragons if need be.

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