The play consists of eight skits plus a prologue, Interlogue, and Epilogue. The last three are parts of one complete skit but also sum up the theme of the entire play.
There are plenty of opportunities for gentle laughs, for remembering when we have our own problems with this thing called love. Sometimes the skits caused me to think, "I know where this one is going." Sometimes I was right. Sometimes I was surprised. Some of the questions explored are "How do you measure the size of love?" "How does hope affect us?" " How can something be sad and glad at the same time? " "How does a person know whether something hurts?" "How do we know if we are actually seeing what is in front of us?"
There is a bit of almost magic woven into the community of Almost, Maine. Sometimes things are a bit different than real life. But they are only a little different.
My daughter called this "an actors' play" because each cast member has an opportunity to portray several characters with varied personalities. The play can be performed by as many as nineteen individuals or as few as four. The Troy Civic Theatre's version has a cast of nine.
Almost, Maine is a relatively new play, first performed in 2004. It only played in an Off-Broadway theatre for a month but has steadily increased in popularity. All types of theatre groups from high school to professional produce it. For many years it has been one of the top ten plays performed in high schools.
If you choose to see Almost Maine, you will leave the theatre with happiness in your heart and perhaps, a rueful smile. It takes us so long to learn about love and there is always more to learn.
The cast for Troy's production includes...