When Edmund accuses John of plagiarism, we are led to wonder: Is there any basis to his accusation and if so, what might it be? Or is there something about Edmund that we donât know; might he be mentally unbalanced and his charges totally groundless? If Jack Canfora (the playwright) had limited himself only to answering those questions, this still would have been an enjoyable play, if nothing more than a good mystery story. But Canfora has gone much further than that and has used the issue of plagiarism as a skeletal framework on which to layer issues of much deeper import: he explores the blurred line between plagiarism and mutual cooperation; the secrets that haunt our lives; and the relationships among husbands and wives, parents and children, and young lovers. And, as a result, Poetic License is not merely a good play but a terrific one. I have posted an expanded review of this play and of other Broadway, off Broadway and off off Broadway plays on my blog www.aseatontheaisle.blogspot.com.
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