REVIEW: The Bird and the Blade by Megan Bannen

With a touch of Renée Ahdieh and S. Jae-Jones, Megan Bannen's debut shines with passion for the historical subject matter that she elevates into a timeless tragic romance. Yet for all its lush writing, The Bird and the Blade fails to add enough to the Puccini opera Turandot to escape the weary sense of "been there, done that."