Theatre by the Book performs ‘Almost, Maine’ Wednesday at Miners Foundry
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WHO: Sierra Stages and Miners Foundry Cultural Center present Theater By the Book: Almost, Maine
WHEN: Wednesday, June 15, Doors 7 p.m., Show 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Miners Foundry Cultural Center, 325 Spring St., Nevada City
TICKETS: $10 Suggested Donation, Tickets are available online at http://www.minersfoundry.org, by phone (530) 265-5040 or in person at the Miners Foundry, or at the door.
The critically acclaimed romantic comedy “Almost, Maine” will be performed Wednesday by Sierra Stages and the Miners Foundry as part of Theater By the Book, a series of informal play readings for the community.
Written by John Cariani and directed by Trish Adair, “Almost, Maine” is about a town that’s so far north, it’s almost not in the United States — it’s almost in Canada.
And it almost doesn’t exist, because its residents never got around to getting organized. So it’s just … Almost.
One cold, clear Friday night in the middle of winter, while the northern lights hover in the sky above, Almost’s residents find themselves falling in and out of love in the strangest ways. Knees are bruised. Hearts are broken. But the bruises heal, and the hearts mend — almost — in this delightful midwinter night’s dream.
From the New York Times to the Post to Variety, “Almost, Maine” has received exceptional reviews.
“A higher-concept and more clever version of Hollywood hits like ‘Love Actually’ and ‘Valentine’s Day,’ this rom-com leans on shrewd writing rather than star power in its nine interlocking love stories. [It] alternates beautiful, evocative prose with stutteringly awkward exchanges and often very funny sight gags,” wrote The New York Times about the play. While the New York Daily News wrote, “ALMOST, MAINE’s charm is real. [It] packs wit, earns its laughs and, like love, surprises you.”
“Almost, Maine” was developed at the Cape Cod Theater Project (Andy Polk, Artistic Director) in 2002, and received its world premiere at Portland Stage Company, where it broke box office records and garnered critical acclaim. ALMOST, MAINE opened Off Broadway in the winter of 2005/2006 at the Daryl Roth Theatre (Jack Thomas/Bulldog Theatrical and Bruce Payne, Producers) and was subsequently published by Dramatists Play Service.
To date, “Almost, Maine” has been produced by over 2,500 theater companies in the United States (and by over a dozen companies internationally), making it one of the most frequently produced plays of the past decade.
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