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Echo After Echo

“Being an actor is all about finding keys from the real world that open imaginary locks,” and as young actress Zara Evans discovers, the doors opened by her acting lead to unexpected places. Echo After Echo is a tightly written, sensitive young-adult romance set in the New York theater world.

For Zara, landing the lead role in her favorite Greek tragedy seems like a dream come true. She’s loved the characters Echo and Ariston since she read the play; now, she’s cast in a new production directed by an icon in the industry.

Zara enters the theater world like Persephone taking her first steps. She’s delighted, dazzled, and disillusioned. At the center is Eli Vasquez, the assistant lighting director.

Eli is rough where Zara is soft, and at first the girls seem like an odd couple. Their chemistry is undeniable, though, and even the mysterious “accidents” that plague the production can’t deter them.

Echo After Echo is an incredible work. Capetta writes with an awareness that is smart and progressive. She treats Zara and Eli’s interracial, queer romance with respect. Capetta breathes life onto the page with lines like “They’ve made an island, a safe place to stand for a few moments before the city pushes them down the sidewalk and washes them away.” Hers is an exciting new voice in young-adult romance.

Echo After Echo is a diverse, confident romance that brings to life the powers of young love in a New York City theater.

Reviewed by Claire Foster

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