Monday, October 19, 2009

Theater review: Almost, Maine

Posted By on Mon, Oct 19, 2009 at 4:08 PM

Almost, Maine

Oct. 16, 2009

Armour Street Theatre

The Deal: Davidson Community Players delivers performances of John Cariani’s Almost, Maine at Armour Street Theatre.

Heather Love and Christian Love in Almost, Maine; Photo by Cindy Rice
  • Heather Love and Christian Love in Almost, Maine; Photo by Cindy Rice

The Good: The play, Almost, Maine is divided into a series of ten short skit-like series' (“Her Heart,” “Sad and Glad,” “This Hurts,” “Getting It Back,” “They Fell,” “Story of Hope,” “Where it Went,” “Seeing the Thing”, as well as one that starts and finishes the show) with two characters. Each explored various strands of romance, from falling head over hills in love to having loved and lost. Most of the cast members impressively played more than one role throughout the production. Through the batch of cute, heart-thumping stories, the play captured the positive nature of a magical-like quality of love that can spark between two people, as well the more negative, which can dwindle into heartache.

Isaac Josephthal and Kathryn Jeffords in Almost, Maine; Photo by Cindy Rice
  • Isaac Josephthal and Kathryn Jeffords in Almost, Maine; Photo by Cindy Rice

The Bad: Just like the setting of the fictitious town, Almost, love can be cold. But, despite that train of thought, none of the short pieces ended too unhappily. Cmon’ now.

The Verdict: Almost, Maine is funny, touching and heartfelt. If you’re up for the lovey-dovey nature of the play, give it a go, but be sure to reserve your tickets ahead of time. Tickets for this show at the small Armour Street Theatre have been selling out quick.

Almost, Maine performances continue until Oct. 25. Show dates/times are as followed: Oct. 22-24, 8 p.m. and Oct. 25, 2 p.m. For more information, click here.

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