Accomplice: The Strangest Play I’ve Ever ‘Seen’

My instructions were simple: Sunday. San Diego’s Little Italy. noon. Go to State and Fir. Look for the eyeball. Wait there. You will be approached by a man who will give you directions. Follow his instructions… wear walking shoes!

Christine and 'The Eye'

That’s pretty much all I knew about this ‘play’ I was going to see with my friend and writing pal, Christine Ashworth. Had I done a little bit of homework, I would’ve known thatΒ AccompliceΒ “Offers a completely unique theatrical experience, unlike any found on any stage, taking its audience on an adventure through the city streets. You’ll be sent on a mission, aided by clues and mysterious cast members strewn throughout various locations such as street corners, bars and out-of-the-way spots.”

Um, yeah, that would’ve been great to know beforehand, but really I’m glad I went in not knowing what to expect. I mean, THIS was our stage:

Where the scene began...
Where the scene began…

Pretty cool, right? After getting our instructions, we set off on our adventure. It took us a few minutes to figure out the clues, but once we did, we rocked it.

No business was safe from our prying eyes!
Nothing was safe from our prying eyes!

Part of the fun were the businesses that got involved in the play. They had clues for us, but we had certain tasks to complete first. Sort of like on The Amazing Race, but without all the stress or other competitors chasing after us. Plus, we got food and wine. Sweet!

The chips and dip here were divine. I'm going back for more.
The chips and dip here were divine.

We dashed around San Diego’s Little Italy and I saw parts of my city that I’ve never seen before. We’d duck into shops and around corners discovering new things. The pub we went to in the pic above I’ll definitely return to for lunch or dinner, as well as the final restaurant. The play was as much a love letter to San Diego as it was an adventure, which I absolutely adore.

Our 'Stage' took to the mean streetsAnother great thing about this play? Whatever food or beverages you consumed, you totally worked off running up and down the streets! We must’ve walked five miles. Okay, maybe just two, but still. It was a hot day and damn, my glutes were burning after some of those inclines.

When the play ended, I was a little sad. I was having so much fun, I didn’t want it to be over! By then, I was fully invested not only in the story, but the characters were so charming I loved hanging out with each of them and wanted to meet more. But alas, all good things must come to an end. Afterward, Christine and I hung out to watch other groups come through. Watching them and their reaction to the end of the play was almost as much fun as when we experienced it ourselves.

Our partners in crime also stayed with us for a bite to eat and we ended up talking about books. Turns out, Jeff, Holly, and Tiny are avid readers! Tom (Christine’s husband and one of the actors in the play) was able to join us between groups. He’s not pictured to keep his identity a secret. πŸ˜‰ It was a delightful afternoon spent chatting with friends about words. Bliss.

Our fellow conspirators ~ Jeff, Holly, and Tiny
Our fellow conspirators ~ Jeff, Holly, and Tiny

Obviously, not all of you live near San Diego, but if you do ~ go see Accomplice! It’s fun, quirky, and a good time. There are other cities that do this sort of thing, so check it out and see if you live near a town that does. Or, get together with some friends and make up your own play for a summer treat. Okay, maybe that was just crazy talk, but I loved this experience that much. I can’t thank my friend Christine enough for taking me. Without her, I probably never would have done something so unusual, but now, I’m going to look for more wacky adventures like this one.

Accomplice: San Diego is produced by the La Jolla Playhouse, to learn more about this amazing theater and the play, check out the website here.

What are you doing this weekend? Got any wacky, quirky, adventurous plans? Have you ever seen a play like this? What’s the strangest play you’ve ever seen? Share with us in the comments! We’d love to know.

33 thoughts on “Accomplice: The Strangest Play I’ve Ever ‘Seen’”

  1. Rebecca EnzorRebecca Enzor

    That sounds like so much fun! I’d love to do that in Charleston some time – with all the cool history here I bet someone could make a really cool interactive play like that. If I ever make it to San Diego I’ll have to go see Accomplice πŸ™‚

    May 17, 2013
  2. Jess WitkinsJess Witkins

    What a fun way to see a play! I would love doing something like this. And the instructions you got in the beginning are awesome! “Look for the eyeball.” LOL

    May 17, 2013
  3. brickhousechickbrickhousechick

    What a great idea and concept! Great pictures too!

    May 17, 2013
  4. Melinda VanLoneMelinda VanLone

    Oh wow! I would so LOVE to experience this! I wonder if there is anything similar around DC. What a fun way to have a little adventure.

    May 17, 2013
  5. Christine AshworthChristine Ashworth

    Terrific write up, gal! I am SO glad you went with me – we had so much fun! I know they did this play in San Francisco and New York and Hollywood – not sure where it’s going next. As for me, this weekend it’s nose-to-the-book-grindstone for me. Hugs honey!

    May 17, 2013
  6. Laird SapirLaird Sapir

    I really want to steal the giant eyeball and take it for a world tour, snapping photos of it in front of the Acropolis and Dodgers Stadium.

    Just me?

    May 17, 2013
  7. Coleen PatrickColeen Patrick

    In Salem, MA they do a witch hunt/trial skit that starts in the streets, using audience participation and then heads toward the courthouse. Interesting, but also creepy because of the topic. I like the sounds of your play though!

    May 17, 2013
  8. patriciasandspatriciasands

    What fun! This is true theatre! I want to do it too … send them to Toronto …

    May 17, 2013
  9. AnonymousAnonymous

    I saw “Tony & Tina’s Wedding” and had a great time, dancing with the wedding party, but this sounds like just as much fun. πŸ™‚

    May 17, 2013
  10. sheridegrom - From the literary and legislative trenches.sheridegrom - From the literary and legislative trenches.

    Tameri it sounds as though you had a great time. Another fun weekend is to take in is a ‘Mystery Get Away’ wherein you check into a nice old victorian made into a bed and breakfast or equivalent establishment. We used to do them a couple times a year in the gold country when we lived in California and there used to be some around the wine country. They were always a great deal of fun and you never knew if you were sleeping with the enemy!

    May 17, 2013
  11. Karen McFarlandKaren McFarland

    Oh wow Tameri, what an amazing race, I mean play. lol. Seriously, I’ve never heard of a play performed like this. I think it’s cool because it gets you really involved with the characters and plot. You don’t get tired of sitting in one place, that’s for sure. And what a beautiful day! Thanks for sharing this. Hubby and I are hoping to head down to San Diego soon. I should check into this. Have a great weekend! πŸ™‚

    May 17, 2013
  12. Tracey LivesayTracey Livesay

    That sounded amazing!! I’m glad you went and had a great time. πŸ™‚

    May 19, 2013
  13. James Garcia JrJames Garcia Jr

    San Diego, food and wine?!? Does it get any better? πŸ™‚
    We love to visit your fair city. My wife has a niece that lives there. We were there for the wedding a few years ago. My 15 year old was just asking this evening when we were going to visit that lovely baseball stadium you’ve got in Petco Park. We saw a couple games there one year. I also have yet to see enough of Balboa Park. Can’t wait to get back there.
    It sounds like I need to schedule another visit, doesn’t it?

    -Jimmy

    May 19, 2013
  14. Mark KoopmansMark Koopmans

    Awesome idea!

    Thanks for the tip… hopefully I can do it in February… if they work in the winter πŸ˜‰

    May 19, 2013
  15. Jennette Marie PowellJennette Marie Powell

    Accomplice sounds soooo cool! Amazing Race -competition +food & drink? What’s not to like? I’d be so there if they did something like this in Dayton!

    May 20, 2013

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