San Diego outdoors: Aida, animal tracks, rugby, SUP with dogs, 1800s Old Town, waterski and wakeboard
Indoors: WWI San Diego, complete history of theater, Christopher Plummer, pickles, Van Gogh-Gaughin, Martina McBride
11:50 a.m., June 28
Nothing new under the sun? Don, a novelist, may have plagiarized a third of his book. Don's lawyers, Sy and Chris, claim it was "influence" not "intellectual theft." Both are in love with Madi. When Sy writes her a love letter, Don pilfers it. Step back, and just about everything in Sarah Gubbins' funny romantic comedy is a "borrowing" (including Sy becoming Cyrano-like). And in James Vasquez' smart staging, scenes morph into film noir movies (suggesting they've been played before, even though the emotions are live). In effect Gubbins artfully deconstructs notions of influence. The play has lulls, when legalities take centerstage, but the Diversionary production boasts quality performances by Amanda Sitton (Sy), Jacque Wilke (Madi), and Wendy Maples (Bec), and smart design work, especially when Michelle Caron's lighting and the uncredited music convert the office into a film - not noir but rusty-orange.
Worth a try.