Almost, Maine is a mythical place, owing no real geographic reference except to the human heart.
It is cold bleak landscapes, difficult to live in, and even harder to endure, but somehow the people that inhabit this place still manage to fill it with warmth, love, friendship and hope. It is their emotional journey that makes this place, located in the loneliest and most solitary corners of our hearts, still a place worth living.
Set in an imaginary town of Almost in the state of Maine, USA, nine unusual love stories unfold. Four actors play the different characters of each story.
“The stories are mythical, yet real— simple, yet profound” Mr. Guingona continues. “John Cariani, the playwright, takes a cliche and turns it over on its head by making it literal”. Almost, Maine is a gentle, funny, play involving real people dealing with affairs of the heart. “Cute will kill it” warns the author (himself an actor) and the actors play their parts with complete truth letting the strangeness of the characters, the dialogue, and the absurd situations create the comedy.
Written by John Cariani, Almost, Maine is one of those endearing plays that captures your imagination almost immediately, and never let’s go. With 19 characters played by a cast of only four people, it is most definitely an actor's piece.
Two men and two women playing a host of complex characters is a daunting task indeed, and after several rounds of auditions and readings, the actors were finally found.
In the end, Reb Atadero (The Graduate, The Horse And His Boy) Caisa Borromeo (The Secret Garden, Kung Paano Ako Naging Leading Lady), Natalie Everett (The Secret Garden, The Game's Afoot), and Jamie Wilson (Run For Your Wife, The Bridges of Madison County) were chosen to take up the acting chores.
For veterans of Repertory Philippines, the excitement at being cast in Almost, Maine quickly overshadowed the hard work that would soon follow.
In the director's chair, Rep veteran Bart Guingona (4000 Miles, The Normal Heart) takes the helm.
With stage design by Baby Imperial and Coco Anne, lighting by John Batalla, sound design by Jethro Joaquin and costumes by Marta Lovina, Almost, Maine promises to be a strong offering in Repertory Philippines' 2016 season.
Almost, Maine is being staged at the Onstage Theater in Greenbelt 1, Paseo de Roxas cor. Legazpi St., Makati City.
Shows are scheduled on Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00 and Saturday and Sunday matinees at 3:30 until March 13, 2016.
For tickets and reservations, call Repertory Philippines at Tel. No. 843-3570 or Ticket World at Tel. No. 891-9999. For information about the play, visit www.repertoryphilippines.ph or visit REP’s Facebook page. Ticket prices range from P400 to P800.