is not actually the name of a real city in Maine, but the title of agreat play. On Saturday October 23, 2009, I went to Texas Christian University’s StudioTheater in Fort Worth, Texas to see a live performance of this humorous and touchingplay.
was written by actor and playwright, John Cariani. Most of youknow him from his role as CSU tech Julian Beck on television’s Law &Order, and for hisperformance as Motel the Tailor in the 2004 revival of
Fiddler on the Roof
for which hereceived a Tony award nomination. 2004 was a remarkable year for Cariani, as he alsobegan his career as a playwright. His first play,
, debuted at PortlandStage Company and was named one of the best plays of the year by
The Wall Street Journal.
Only two years later
opened off-Broadway and has beenproduced in 300 theaters all over the United States and in places as far flung as Mexico,Korea, Germany, and Australia.
is the story of nine people in their mid30’s dealing with the joys and downfalls of romance and love. As the northern lightshover over the star-filled sky above, the residents of Almost find themselves falling inand out of love in magical and hilarious ways
. Almost, Maine
is appealing to manypeople because it has a common theme that everyone can relate to; love.Cariani, being from Maine originally, created the town of Almost to be a mythicalcomposite of several Maine towns. He says that if Almost really existed it would be asparsely populated town in the northernmost county of Maine. Empty land, wide-openspace and a big sky are the town’s foremost features. This sparse location and highlyilluminated stage lighting (northern lights) are both very important to the scenes in theplay. Each scene has a climax, or “magical moment” that the audience is highlyanticipating. The very bright northern lights are displayed between each scene. These