This Week in Theater
“Almost Maine” by Reviewed by Rose Desena
Love is a many splendored thing, except when it’s not.
A humble town in rural Maine is the location for these cute, honest and sometimes comical vignettes about love and friendship.
“Almost Maine” comes to LA after a successful run in NYC in 2006. John Cariani (writer) seems to be heavily influenced by writers like Jack Kerouac and Oscar Wilde. Being a Maine native has armed Cariani’s vivid imagination with the necessary backdrop to create these amusing tales.
His writing has sharpness and “Almost Maine” is laced with an honest richness and profound humor. One vignette is about falling in love, I had a good belly laugh. Some of my favorites were “Her Heart, “Sad and Glad” as well as “This Hurts” and “Where It Went”.
What I personally noted to myself through the production was the spot-on directing. Martin Papazian skillfully gets all his actors to express their characters through their facial expressions. It was brilliant and it’s something I rarely see on LA stages. It makes for easy watching when actors glow with enthusiasm and comfort . The cast is quite large and their talent is equal to the quality of the writing.
The stage set was practical and worked well to move us through the short scenes. “Almost Maine” is light entertainment but you won’t feel cheated; as a matter of fact, you will leave the theater relaxed and happy. It fits easily into the holiday spirit with the wintery look of costumes and the white snowdrift covered set. I highly recommend “Almost Maine” for a nice evening and a break from your holiday chores.
Playwright John Cariani
Directed by Martin Papazian
Produced by Christopher Amitrano, Peter Breitmayer, Alexandra Hulme and Pumpkin Eater Productions
Scenic Designer Joseph Hodges (“24”, “Terra Nova”)
Sound Design by D.J. Moosekian
Thurs. Fri. Sat. @ 8pm Sunday @ 3 pm closes Dec. 21st
Hudson Main Stage
6539 Santa Monica Blvd. LA CA. 90038
Ticket www.plays411.com/almostmaine or 323 928 2330