It may feel like almost autumn – but summer continues into September as does the 34th performance season at Jean’s Playhouse in Lincoln with John Cariani’s “loverly” play Almost, Maine.
The stories of all kinds of love: falling in, falling out; making do and making memories; lasting and fleeting all demonstrate the many sides of romance and relationship. And all play out in the fictional – but definitely relatable – rural town of Almost in Maine. Which is, almost, New Hampshire.
Nine vignettes have four actors playing a variety of roles as couples some together and move apart. That these pros move between the characters easily is an extension of their summer here in the White Mountains. Audiences familiar with Jean’s will recognize Jonathan Chisolm from roles in Titanic, Cinderella, and The Fantasticks. Daniela Kaplun brightened up Titanic and Cinderella, and Erica Reneé Werner spent her summer as one of the five-member IMPACT children’s theatre troupe performing around the state. But it's John Marshall who appeared in all five productions, including this one: as Sherlock Holmes in Hound of the Baskervilles, as ship architect Andrews in Titanic; one of the graceful dancers in the Cinderella ensemble; and as El Gallo in The Fantasticks.
Performances of Almost, Maine continue through September 14 at 7:30 on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, with a 2:00 p.m. matinee on September 11. And audiences who attend on Friday, September 13, will find themselves at a pre-show event as the Littleton Regional Healthcare Auxiliary make a group night of it, with some pre-show fundraising of their own open to the public.
Tickets and more info always available at www.jeansplayhouse.com or 603-745-2141 during box office hours. Almost, Maine is sponsored by Loon Mountain Resort. Friday evening performances always include a special NH resident discounted rate at The North Country Center for the Arts at Jean’s.