- Paperback: 72 pages
- Publisher: Dramatists Play Service (June 26, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 082222156X
- ISBN-13: 978-0822221562
- Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 5 x 7.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,981 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Almost, Maine (second revised edition)
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Top Customer Reviews
When I went to the production itself, I was surprised to see that the material translated to the stage much better than I had expected. It was s till a little corny with more than just a touch of cheese, but it had a homespun charm on stage that was missing from the printed page. This show is a perennial favorite of community theatres and it's not hard to see why. If you don't mind a little syrupy sweetness with your light reading, then you will adore this collection of vignettes about love in a small off the map town. If you are a bit more jaded like me, then read it knowing that it has some real potential for creating a sweet, fluffy theatre-going experience.
It is beautifully written. So sweet and romantic, it is guaranteed to melt even the iciest of hearts. I fell in love with it after the second scene, "Her Heart," when my jaw dropped and my eyes welled with tears. It is so unique that the closest comparison I can come up with is perhaps a frost-bitten version of "A Midsummer Night's Dream." It has all of the magic and fantasy of Shakespeare's romp, but it's fresh and delightful setting in the Great Northern state makes it one-of-a-kind and surprising more romantic.
The scenic demands are terrifically flexible, making it perfect for either a black box with a couple of benches or a lush production. The very natural and effective dialogue makes it so completely modern, without placing it in any one time period. In five or ten years, the messages and humor will still play to audiences without seeming dated, jaded or political.
After reading it, I knew my theater had to perform it! Our actors fell in love with the characters. Our audiences fell in love with the material. Even in the heat of July in the great state of Tennessee with a broken air-conditioner, our actors sweating profusely while wearing winter coats and our audiences fanning like crazy...the audience STILL doubled each weekend from the previous weekend, ending in sold out houses!
A fantastic read, but also an amazing piece to perform. One more word of advice: if you are producing it...TRUST the playwright, his detailed notes are more than suggestions, they are a blueprint. This man knows comedy. It was so much fun to see how, by following his advice and not playing it like a sit-com or being heavy handed with a directorial re-imagining, scenes like "They Fell" and "Seeing The Thing" played so honestly and realistically, making it an even more rewarding and surprising experience for audiences. Thank you, Mr. Cariani!
I, and our audiences, LOVED this show!
P.S. The strongest language is "jeezum crow!")
Most of the scenes are successful, though a couple do fall short. But, every scene does have good moments and there is a lot of laughter through the play.
Al in all, if you are looking at producing a romantic comedy, this would be a good choice. Enjoy!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Cariani's script reads exactly like his character in Something Rotten: short, sweet, and a little naive.