Almost, Maine: A Real Romantic Comedy

Meilin Morefield

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Our award-winning theatre department is putting on another play called Almost Maine and you should go see it.

Almost, Maine, written by John Cariani in 2002, is a play, consisting of nine short plays, that analyzes the love and loss of people in a remote town called Almost, Maine. The people of Almost, Maine lack extravagance. They’re hard-working, honest, and are dealing with a lot of problems faced in rural America, such as poverty, unemployment, limited opportunity, and addiction, all while trying to get through the struggles of love. Because of this, there is a distinct sadness underlying the hope and joy of the play, however it also creates authenticity. Sure, the rom-coms on Netflix are cute and fun, but how often is it that one actually experiences a perfect and bubbly relationship? Love is gritty and it’s not always perfect. Almost, Maine creates an alternative love story that is real.

It was important to Cariani the play accurately touched all aspects of love. Time was put into crafting the play so that it relates to all who watch it. He made sure his play wasn’t limited to the accounts of straight couples and incorporated multiple scenes revolving around gay couples. Also, in 2006, it was pointed out to Cariani that one of his scenes was troubling because it seemed as if the man in the scene was imposing himself on the woman in the scene. He defended the scene at first because in his mind, the scene was a magical story about two people falling in love. He later realizes that the man’s behavior is not acceptable and makes it a point to revise all of his scripts. “The scene now tells the story I intended it to tell, which is one of two people awakening to love.” He also made it a point to revise one of his scenes that labeled expressions of love as gendered. “I removed language that labels romance or expressions of love or kindness or tenderness as gendered (i.e. feminine). (Expressing love or kindness or tenderness isn’t gender-specific. It’s human.)”

Our school has time and time again put on amazing productions due to the talent of our actors and actresses (Celeste Gensollen, Jules Powers, and Regina Zepeda particularly), the tech team, and direction, whether it be student or teacher. I’m confident that our theatre department will do this beautifully written play justice.

Dates: October 18th, 19th, 20th, and 22nd in the Blackbox @ 7:00pm