Looking for a night on the town? You’re in luck! Prepare for romance and laughter, because Almost, Maine encompasses both. This whimsical tale, written by John Cariani, explores love and loss in a remote, mythical almost-town called Almost, Maine. It premiered at the Portland Stage Company in Portland, Maine in 2004 where it broke box office records and garnered critical acclaim. There are nine short scenes: Her Heart, Sad & Glad, Seeing the Thing, Story of Hope, Where It Went, This Hurts, They Fell, Epilogue, and Prologue.
The Players Theatre Company, funded in part by The Conroe Commission on Arts and Culture, is currently residing in The Owen Theatre and has produced live theater since 1967. Located in Conroe, The Owen Theatre produces plays once a month, including musicals, dramas, and comedies.
Directed by Gabriel Barre, Almost, Maine opened Off-Broadway at the Daryl Roth Theatre on January 12, 2006. Though its Off Broadway run was brief, the play is featured in Smith and Kraus' New Playwrights: Best Plays of 2006 and has proved popular in professional and nonprofessional theatre companies worldwide. Recently replacing Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, it is now the most produced play in North American high schools.
A New York Times review of a production at TheatreWorks in Hartford in 2013 was positive: "John Cariani’s Almost, Maine is a series of nine amiably absurdist vignettes about love, with a touch of good-natured magic realism. This is a beautifully structured play, with nifty surprise endings (most but not all of them happy) and passing references to characters from other vignettes, which slyly tell us more about them. John Cariani describes the play’s subject as ‘falling in and out of love.’ It is just as much about pain.”
Almost, Maine premiers January 30th from 8:00 PM–10:30 PM. If you’re looking for a wonderfully entertaining (and wonderfully affordable) night on the town, be sure to see Almost, Maine premiering January 30th, 2015 from 8:00 PM–10:30 PM. Tickets are now available, with prices ranging from $18-$22.
For more information, visit The Owen Theatre Website.