Lizard Boy smacks of a graphic novel set to music. This highly-charged import from the Seattle Rep, Diversionary Theatre’s inaugural show in its 31st season, is a misfit’s meet-up story wrapped in a myth about dragon blood, scaly skin and the eruption of Mount St. Helens. Justin Huertas’ story is pretty preposterous even in a broad comic-book way, but his one-act three-person show is redeemed by an often-impressive musical score. When he, Kirsten Delohr Helland and William A. Williams set aside their implausible characters and devote themselves to Huerta’s affecting songs (many of them about the quest for identity), Lizard Boy acquits itself well indeed. One piece of free advice, though: lose the kazoos.
David L. Coddon is a Southern California theater critic.