Preview: "Almost, Maine" Sure to Enchant Audiences

Posted by Zoe Dartley

A truly magical winter experience, the theatre department's fall black box production of Almost, Maine is an unforgettable performance that's guaranteed to warm audience's hearts.

Performances of the show will run at 8 p.m. from Oct. 19 to 21 and Oct. 25 to 28, except for Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.

Written by John Cariani and directed by department Chair Larry Opitz, Almost, Maine follows the residents of the eponymous location. The characters in the play constantly fall in and out of love in ways that are heartening, charming, and often amusing.            

The intimate experience of the black box theatre is the perfect setting for Cariani's tender play. Beth Svenningsen '13, has done an impeccable job of completely transforming the stage into a blustery-yet-romantic Maine evening; the set design enhances the atmosphere of the entire play.

Almost, Maine's actors bring a remarkable level of unique energy and emotional dedication to their roles. It is evident how invested the cast members are in their respective roles, given the significant amount of emotion the show requires.

"The most interesting part of this dramatic process has been experimenting with non-dialogue," said actor Jomack Miranda '16, "and learning to say more with less."

The fact that most actors play two characters brings yet another unique element to Almost, Maine. While this is demanding on the actor, the cast of the show pulls it off remarkably, making the play an even more profound experience.

Director Larry Opitz offers his own opinion on the play.

"Love is messy, but we all need it. Almost, Maine is a fable about the joys and tribulations of love-what it means to win, to keep and to lose love," Opitz said. "Reality and magic combine to produce an enchanting and whimsical tale, and I hope that audiences will feel free to laugh and cry with us."

Opitz is certainly right. Almost, Maine's beautifully executed vignettes of love and loss will leave audience members laughing, crying, and falling head over heels with it's charming characters. 

Seating for Almost, Maine is very limited, so reservations are a must. Call the Skidmore Theatre Box Office at (518) 580-5349 or email boxoffice@skidmore.edu. Tickets are $12 general admission and $8 for students and senior citizens. For group sales, contact Kathy Mendenhall at (518) 580-5431 or kmendenh@skidmore.edu.

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