Writer may have taken too much 'Poetic License'

February 16, 2012 • Entertainment

In this publicity image provided by 59E59 Theaters, from left, Geraint Wyn Davies, Ari Butler and Liza Vann are shown in a scene from “Poetic License,” performing off-Broadway at 59E59 Theaters in New York. (AP Photo/59E59 Theaters, Carol Rosegg)

NEW YORK (AP) — “Poetic License” is a slyly-named, clever play by Jack Canfora about a renowned, middle-aged poet who is suddenly accused, at the pinnacle of his career, of having plagiarized everything he’s written.

The tense, articulate production opened Wednesday night off-Broadway at 59E59 Theatres.

Geraint Wyn Davies, always impressive, is well-cast as John Greer, a seemingly humble, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and esteemed professor of literature at a northeastern university who is about to be named U.S. poet laureate. Liza Vann plays his wife, Diane, with waspish bravura. Sharp-tongued and manipulative, Diane has successfully managed her husband’s career for 25 years, creating lucrative opportunities for him.

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