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Performing Arts season kicks of with love story

September 12, 2013

This is a love story.

Well, almost.

"Almost, Maine," by John Cariani, provides a quirky look at the clumsiness of falling in and out of love.

The Stephens College School of Performing Arts will present the play at Macklanburg Playhouse at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 13-14 and Sept. 20-21, with a 2 p.m. Sunday matinee on Sept. 15.

The show opens the 2013-14 performing arts season. Get ticket information here. Set in a community so far north it’s almost in Canada, Almost is almost, but not quite a town because the residents never organized it. The play takes place on a moonless starry night during which friendships get complicated, feelings get hurt and love can either take root or fall on the floor … literally.

“It’s really nine small plays,” said Carol Estey, Stephens’ artistic director for dance and the show’s director. “Each is fully formed with a beginning, middle and end. They’re connected by location and are happening simultaneously over the course of one night.”

The Stephens production will feature an all-student cast from the theatre department, including four male students who will each take on multiple roles. Students also designed the set, which will suggest different locations across one community.

Although all about love, don’t expect everything to end happily ever after. Cariani “talks a lot about the magic and complications of being in love,” Estey said. “It’s sweet, but not all sweet. There are moments in the beginning of relationships, relationships ending and he leaves some of the stories open-ended.”

A play for date night and the lonely hearted alike, "Almost, Maine," is for anyone who has ever been in love—or almost.

Ticket information here.

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