almost maine SHOWS DIFFICULTIES OF LOVE
By puneet Singh, '18
Photos by Emily Marquez and Nicholas Khan
¨Almost, Maine,¨ a play written by John Cariani, was performed on December 8th, 9th, and 10th by the Hillcrest Thespian Society in the Black Box Theatre. The performance was directed by Mr. Blader and showcased several romantic-comedy love stories set in the mythical town called Almost, Maine.
Almost, Maine is a town that’s so far north, it’s almost not in the United States—it’s almost in Canada. And it almost doesn’t exist. So it’s just…Almost. On one cold, moonless Friday night in the middle of winter, while the northern lights hover in the sky above, Almost, Maine's residents find themselves falling in and out of love in the strangest ways possible.
¨Almost, Maine¨ is almost love but not quite. Although the central idea of the whole play is love, some scenes were created in a way where people would laugh. I didn't expect that to happen because the play is about how people fall in love.
There were 11 scenes in the play and no one scene was like the other. Some scenes where unusual and unexpected, while others correlated with real life situations. Within the portrayal of the characters, it was easy to relate to some of the issues the characters were experiencing. For instance, in the scene “Getting it Back,” we witness a young woman attempt to end a relationship due to her partner not being willing to take the next step in their relationship. In “They Fell,” we see two best friends fall in love with each other. Each character brought something new to the audience and was able to truly connect with the audience.
The scene "They Fell" stood out to me in the most due to how comedic it was. This scene involved two best friends, Randy and Chad who were discussing their worst-date experiences in a competition of whose was worse. Randy’s date leaves the date due to Randy’s odor, while Chad’s date leaves due to a horrible dancing incident in which she is injured. The line “her face broke.” stood out and caused the room to erupt into laughter. As the conversation goes on, Chad admits that he’s fallen in love with Randy. These scene was particularly comical due to the corny line of “I fell in love with you” followed by Chad literally falling to the ground.
The scene “This Hurts” also stood out due the unique characters.The character Marvalyn accidentally hits Steven with an ironing board. I expected Steven to immediately react to the painful blow but instead when Marvalyn asks “Are you okay?", he replies "Is there any discoloration? Any blood? If no, then I'm okay." I found this extremely unusual because nobody says that. It ends up being that Steven has a disorder in which his nerves do not function properly, leaving him with the inability to feel. I also found it amusing that he carried around a book labeled “Things to Be Afraid Of” and “Things That Hurt.
“Getting it Back” was also a scene that brought the audience to tears due to the heavy emotion of the scene. The female character Gayle is asking for all the love that she has given her boyfriend of eleven years back and ending their relationship by giving the love she received back to him. The boyfriend (Lendall) is confused and shocked at the sudden break up. He doesn’t understand why Gayle is asking for the love back.
Something interesting that was used in this play was symbolism. Large red bags were used to symbolize the love over the course of eleven years. However, when asking for the love that Gayle gave to Lendall, she is shocked to see a small red bag in comparison to the several large red bags she gave him. After a heated confrontation about it, Gayle finds a ring within the small red bag. Lendall and Gayle reconcile as he proposes to her and calms all her worries with a kiss earning many happy reactions from the audience.
Overall, ¨Almost, Maine¨ was ultimately a success for the Hillcrest Thespians. The production owes great thanks to its Director Mr. Blader, its production manager Emily Marquez, the stage managers Mya Dennie, Meishah Davis and Saisha Morgan. Mr. Schulte and his first period class is also to thank for the beautiful and amazing set of ¨Almost, Maine¨. The set was truly a sight to see due to the amazing rigged props such as a shoe falling from the sky, and snow falling during the epilogue. I look forward to what else the Hillcrest Thespians have to offer and I wish them great luck.
ALEXTER THOMPSON WILL MOOT COURT IN THE NETHERLANDS