By John Cariani, Directed by Christian H. Moe
Performances December 5, 6* (see note below about curtain time for Saturday, December 6) 7 and December 12, 13 and 14. Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm, Sundays at 2:00 pm.
*The December 6 performance will follow the Lights Fantastic Parade in Carbondale, and this performance only will begin at 8:00 pm.
Tickets are on sale online using the Box Office link above at any time. The Box Office in the Lobby of the Varsity Center for the Arts will open at 5:00 pm on Friday, November 28, for in-person advance ticket sales. Lobby Box Office hours are Monday through Saturday from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, and one hour before each performance.
Almost, Maine is comprised of nine short plays that explore love and loss in a remote, mythical almost-town called Almost, Maine. It premiered at the Portland Stage Company in Portland, Maine in 2004 where it broke box office records and garnered critical acclaim.
Almost, Maine opened Off-Broadway at the Daryl Roth Theatre on January 12, 2006 and closed on February 12, 2006. Though its Off Broadway run was brief, the play is featured in Smith and Kraus' New Playwrights: Best Plays of 2006 and has proved popular in professional and nonprofessional theatre companies worldwide. It is now the most produced play in North American high schools, recently supplanting Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.
WHAT THE CRITICS HAD TO SAY The New York Times review of the play in 2006 was mixed: "A comedy comprising almost a dozen two-character vignettes exploring the sudden thunderclap of love and the scorched earth that sometimes follows …”
A New York Times review of a production at Theatre Works in Hartford in 2013 was positive: "John Cariani’s Almost, Maine is a series of nine amiably absurdist