The upcoming play “Almost, Maine” at Community College of Aurora this March will delve into relationships, providing warm, funny and candid glimpses into nine disparate couples ranging from the “butterflies” stage of first attraction to long-term pairs standing the test of time.
Theatre director Stacey D’Angelo labeled the stage production a “great little date night,” calling the tone of the play “very funny, sweet and quirky.”
"Almost, Maine" will feature a large cast, with 18 student actors portraying the couples at these various stages within their relationships.
“This isn’t about bells and whistles, ensembles, dances or special effects,” D’Angelo said. “It’s all in the acting chops and creating comedy and touching moments through the acting and writing.”
All of the couples featured in this adaptation of John Cariani’s work find themselves at a turning point or magical moment in their relationships at exactly the same time: 9 p.m. on a Friday, as the Aurora Borealis appears in the night sky in northern Maine.
“Anyone who’s been in a relationship with someone else, whether it be a romantic relationship, or an intimate, close friendship is going to relate to those tender, awkward and comical, absurd moments,” D’Angelo maintained. “Things that come out of the characters’ mouths you have said once upon a time. And it gives you a chance to laugh at the moments that have been challenging in your relationship. It also gives you a chance to reminisce about the early days. It just brings you back. And it’s really, really funny.”
There is a down-to-earth feel to the characters portrayed in “Almost, Maine” but “they’re not simple by any means,” D’Angelo added.
The core message in featuring different ages, definitions of couples, and stages of connection is to define what relationships mean and resemble in this day and age.
There are hearts broken and egos bruised, so not everyone escapes free and clear. Still, that’s also part of the humor. “You just need a good laugh sometimes,” D’Angelo said.
WHAT: "Almost, Maine," a play by John Cariani
WHEN: March 13-15, March 20-22
TIME: All shows 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Larry D. Carter Theater, Fine Arts Building, CentreTech campus (16000 E. CentreTech Parkway, Aurora)
TICKETS: Free for CCA students with valid identification. General admission is $10; $7 for non-CCA students and seniors.
MORE INFO: www.ccaurora.edu/almostmaine or 303-340-7529.