Review: “Almost Maine”

"Almost Maine," a compilation of nine short stories about love lost and gained, will premier Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. Senior Olivia Baird attended the final dress rehearsal and offers her perspective on the play.

Olivia Baird, Online Editor

The BVNW theater department will put on “Almost Maine,” a show about love and relationships, Nov. 5 and 6 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 7 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. in BVNW’s Performing Arts Center.

For the most part, the play is double cast, meaning the majority of the roles have two people assigned to them. Both casts will perform the show twice.

The play is a string of nine short stories that take place in a town in Maine called Almost. Some characters have connections to characters in other scenes, but only the characters in the prologue actually appear onstage more than once. There are two or three actors in each scene who fill the roles of awkward couples, exes and new acquaintances.

In the midst of realistic dates and run-ins with ex-girlfriends, “Almost Maine” offers metaphorical commentary on love. In one scene, the audience sees a couple that falls down repeatedly as they are falling in love with each other. The audience also sees a girl toting around a duffel bag full of the broken slate that was once her heart. The way this play interprets “falling in love” and a “broken heart” is hugely interesting. The audience is able to visualize these things that are typically intangible in a comical yet enlightening way.

The scenes are all a length that left me in a place between feeling as though I knew the characters really well and wanting more time with each individual scene and couple. The fast-paced changes in scenes made the two hour play fly by.

Junior Analeigh Harris, who plays Sandrine in both casts, said the purpose of the play is to offer the audience insight on love through the experiences of the characters in the play.

“Each scene is a different love story and some of the characters know each other and really there’s no central plot, it’s just kind of a thematic play,” Harris said. “In the end, you’re just supposed to learn something from it or take something from each scene. It kind of enlightens (the audience) on people’s reactions to things that you wouldn’t necessarily see.”

As to which cast’s show is best to attend, there really isn’t a right answer. Harris said each cast offers something different, and after seeing both casts perform, I agree. Regardless of the cast, “Almost Maine” is captivating, insightful and certainly worth seeing.

Tickets will be sold at the door of each show and will cost $6 for students and $8 for adults.