‘Almost Maine’ opening in Escondido
By Emily Sorensen
Take a trip to a small, quaint town in Maine for romance, drama and laughs with Patio Playhouse’s production of “Almost, Maine,” opening Friday, Aug. 30.
“[‘Almost, Maine’] is a charming, romantic play,” said assistant director Adam Sheldon. “It’s a lot of fun.”
The show is comprised of nine short plays set in the tiny town of Almost, Maine, each about a romance that forms over one night under the aurora borealis which, according to Sheldon, may have some effect on some of the relationships.
“It’s romantic, with a little bit of drama and some comedy,” said Sheldon. “It’s mostly a charming set piece with the relationship aspect.” All the stories are separate but equal, and while none intersect, some do mention characters from other vignettes.
Selected by the American National Theatre as one of the most outstanding regional theater productions of the 2004-2005 season, “Almost, Maine” is also one of the most-produced plays in North American high schools.
The stage will make use of lighting and turntables to showcase the different locations throughout Almost, Maine, mostly outdoors with one indoor setting.
“Almost, Maine” features 10 different male characters, played by four actors — James Brust as Jimmy, Lendall and Randy; John Aviles as Easton and Phil; Bayani Decastro as Chad, Steve and Dave; and Baruch Guerrero as Pete and Daniel.
Also portraying multiple roles in the show are Gabrielle Korte of Poway as Sandrine and Rhonda, Christine Gatlin as Marvaly and Gail, and Nikki Hsueh as Ginette and Hope. Rounding out the cast are Bobbie Helland as Marci, and Patti Reynolds as Glory.
Sheldon said that while the show was family-friendly, it would probably appeal more to older teens and adults.
Show times are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays through Sunday, Sept. 22 at Patio Playhouse, located at Grand Avenue and Kalmia Street in Escondido.
Reservations may be made on line at www.patioplayhouse.com, or by calling 760-746-6669.
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