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									Almost, Maine
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Almost, Maine is a play by John Cariani, an American actor. The play is
composed of nine short plays that explore love and loss in a remote, mythical                            Almost, Maine
place called Almost, Maine. It premiered at the Portland Stage Company in
Portland, Maine where it broke box office records and garnered critical acclaim.
When produced Off Broadway in New York in 2006 it flopped, but has proved
popular in professional and nonprofessional theatre companies worldwide. Almost,
Maine is featured in Smith and Kraus' New Playwrights: Best Plays of 2006 and is
now the most produced play in North American high schools, recently supplanting
Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. [1]
Almost, Maine opened Off-Broadway at the Daryl Roth Theatre on January 12,
2006 and closed on February 12, 2006. Directed by Gabriel Barre, the cast
                                                                                            Written by        John Cariani
included Todd Ceveris, Justin Hagan, Miriam Shor, and Finnerty Steeves. [2]
                                                                                            Date premiered    2004
The New York Times reviewer wrote that it is "A comedy comprising almost a
                                                                                            Place premiered   Portland Stage Company
dozen two-character vignettes exploring the sudden thunderclap of love and the
scorched earth that sometimes follows, John Cariani's play will evoke either                Original language English

awww's or ick's, depending on your affection for its whimsical approach to the              Genre             Romantic Comedy
joys and perils of romance."[3]                                                             Setting           Maine
The play was performed in January 2012 as the All-State Production at the                            Official site
Illinois High School Theater Festival with an ensemble of around 50 students,
both cast and crew, with a production staff from various Illinois schools. This production was viewed by around 4,000 students
and was the first straight play done at the festival since the early 2000s.

Praise for Almost, Maine
   Selected by The Wallstreet Journal and the American National Theatre as one of the most outstanding regional theatre
   productions of the 2004-2005 season
   Featured in Smith and Kraus' New Playwrights: Best Plays of 2006
   Most produced play in North American high schools

   1. ^ Cara Joy David (December 17, 2010). "New York Flop Becomes a Hit Everywhere Else"        . The New York Times. Retrieved
      December 18, 2010.
   2. ^ Cariani, John."Script, 'Almost Maine'   Almost Maine (2007), ( Dramatists Play Service, Inc. ISBN 0-8222-2156-X.
      Retrieved December 19, 2010
   3. ^ Isherwood, Charles."Down East, So Much Love, Exciting and New"       The New York Times, January 16, 2006

External links
   Internet Off-Broadway Database listing

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