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Almost, Maine

4.03 of 5 stars 4.03  ·  rating details  ·  560 ratings  ·  62 reviews
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Paperback, Acting Edition, 75 pages
Published January 1st 2007 by Dramatists Play Service, Inc.
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Very corny, yet very accessible. John Cariani includes copious instructions throughout the script for people who may not have a lot of experience. Each scene is predicated on a simple set of character traits and usually a single, clear objective. It's great go-to source material for a beginning acting class. Fully produced productions are sure to be more memorable than the actual script, which is pretty thin. This is the kind of material that needs an abundance of creativity and personality to r ...more
"See, to be a town, you gotta get organised, so... we're just Almost."
Clearly I had to read this for a drama assignment, and I'm sort of more at a rating of 2.5 stars right now, however a little closer to 3.

While the play was incredibly short, it was fairly impacting. Although the scenes seemed to repeat themselves in some factor or another, it was sweet to read about. A lot of the stories within the play contained metaphor upon metaphor, and I really enjoyed deciphering it all. It was not a
Apr 29, 2014 Bt rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: You can read it if you have a good reason, but don't produce it again, PLEASE!
Recommended to Bt by: The whole world
You really probably shouldn't do this play because it is soooo overdone (the most-performed play in American high schools - beating all Shakespeare plays). I'm really disappointed that this is what we're producing the most. At least it's not terrible, but... there are so many truly great plays we can choose from!

Anyway, this play is cute but also kind of saccharine. And you're hearing this from someone who is very sentimental. It's like eating hard candy instead of dinner. And some of the charac
Keith Moser
[This review is being written over a year after reading the book--apparently I never wrote one or Goodreads lost it]

Read this because a local theatre was opening their 2014 season with it and I wanted to see if there was a role in it for me.

Loved the script, but ended up not auditioning for it and (sadly) not even seeing it.

The play is a collection of 9 different scenes set in the fictional town of Almost, ME. Each vignette is about love and some connect with others. The show can be done with a
Kathleen Coudle-King
Loved it! It's like a box of 8 delicious truffles. This collection, book-ended with plays involving the same characters, takes common expressions about love and dramatizes them, like having a "broken heart," and waiting for the "other shoe to drop" in love, and getting "weak in the knees" due to love. It is a charming, old fashioned valentine, but not old fashioned as in dated. No, not at all. Just . . charming.
Jan 12, 2012 Cordelia rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People who believe in love
You have to be careful with this play: Cariani himself describes it as "almost bad". If you don't quite understand it, take it too seriously or not seriously enough, it will seem saccharine and ridiculous. If you read it properly or, better yet, see it performed by a really good cast, it will be brilliant and tender.
The author describes this as a "very funny, very sad romance." It highlights eight individual scenes that are theoretically all happening at the same time in an unorganized territory ("Almost") of Maine. The dialogue and characters are pretty simple, but the overall effect is charming.
I seriously think most people giving this high marks are commenting on the play itself rather than the writing job in this script. The play is lovely and all I can say is thank GOODNESS audiences can't see all the useless, poorly written drivel John Cariani insists on including within the script. If you can unearth the play itself from all the unnecessary commentary, congratulations, you're halfway there! Apparently Mr. Cariani didn't trust his writing to stand on its own and felt it necessary t ...more
This play's scenes are different stories, (Excpet for the first, which continues two more scenes.) I didn't really get into it until the scene before the intermission. After that, it was really cute and pretty good.
Jessica Barkl
This is going to be the first play for the 2011-2012 season for Walla Walla Community College's Drama Department. We will be doing it in the China Pavilion...a smaller intimate space; which I think will work perfectly for it, except for the fact that it is a lighting design play and there are only 22 dimmers in that whole either I'm going to have to get Provincetown Players clever or I'm going to have to beg to move it to the space that the theater department head hates that has 96 di ...more
The last straight play I read was "Waiting for Godot," so "Almost Maine" was precisely what my soul needed.
This piece is cheesy and magical-realist in exactly the ways I am a sucker for. And the individual scenes –happy or sad, and in spite of any fantastical elements at play – all seem to be rooted in a very authentic conception of love(s).
I saw "Almost, Maine" on stage years ago, and now think I shall have to again. And then read it again. And then see it on stage again . . .
Jan 06, 2015 Bob rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Actors
Shelves: scripts
We're running this show at the Owen Theatre in Conroe at the end of January. Funny, sometimes poignant, definitely romantic. Also, plenty of great monologue material. Each scene is two people (two with a third). Can run with 2M, 2F with doubling up to 19 actors.

Group read-through was on Jan 5, 2015. (2nd reading. First reading was in December, after auditions.)
Let's just get this out of the way: John Cariani's Almost, Maine is cute. Ludicrously cute. It's a sugary, saccharine candy bouquet. Normally, I don't care much for warm-and-fuzzy romantic comedy type things, but I couldn't help but adore this play; it does "cute" very, very well. It sets up a perfect and dreamy environment that is incredibly appealing and engaging - the scenes loop in and out of themselves with a pretty lovely subtlety. You start to figure out what's going to happen about midwa ...more
Laura Russo
Really sweet play. I wouldn't do it as a production unless it was a smaller venue. It would be great for scene work in class but really lacked many of the elements that make up a true production in my opinion. The playwright's stage directions were a obsessive and annoying.
A sweet and sincere collection of vignettes make up this play about one night in the small almost town of Almost, Maine with people united by three things in common: the Northern Lights, their location, and love.
Megan Rotunno
Hilarious to read and to perform, I almost feel bad that the audience can't get a copy of the script! Cariani is the perfect balance of detailed and left to interpretation and never ceases to make you chuckle.
Adam Hegg
Boy howdy do I want to do this show. It is simultaneously heartbreaking and heart affirming. I love it. I don't know if it right for our next season but it is totally going to happen in the next few years.
2015 Reading Challenge: A play

DNF. Read partway through but found the author's notes to be too distracting. I would like to see this actually performed on stage...but on paper it wasn't working for me.
Lauren Deal
It reminds me of a theatre version of Love Actually. Seeing it performed might bump my rating to 5 - has a lot of potential!
Brandon Henriquez
My favorite play.ever.
I performed this in Highschool Sophomore year and i played Chad.BEST EXPERIENCE EVER.
saw play a couple years ago. loved it and quite interesting.
Tiffany Day
I'm not too sure about this one. It has some really sweet moments - and some funny ones, too - but overall, it has a trying-too-hard, drama class feel to it. I think a really strong, natural cast could pull it off and bring out the warmth and realness of the characters... but too few will do it right. It's just lacking too much - too much to really be a romance and too much to really be a comedy - and there's just enough awkwardness to prevent it from being strong drama. I hate giving it only 2 ...more
Its alright.. but not great. Pretty dull.
Krystyna Smith
I really love this play I have never read a play like this ever. Simply Amazing.
Apr 22, 2013 Julie rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: play
"Almost, Maine" was presented by the Alfred University College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Division of Performing Arts April 17-20, 2013. It was a student directed & designed production. My son, Nate, did an inspired job of the set design for this play. All the students involved, director, crew & actors put a lot of effort into their work. Whilst I enjoyed several of the individual performances overall I found the script shallow & uneven. My rating reflects my dissatisfaction with ...more
Nov 14, 2009 Jon marked it as to-read
Shelves: fiction
I had the privilege to see this performed last night in the Polsky Theatre at the JCCC Carlsen Center.

Elements I particularly liked included a well timed visual gag of the old cliche' 'waiting for the other shoe to drop.'

Also the story that bookmarked the play and the interludes between scenes ended with a nice touch. Originally, the girl exited the stage and at the end of the play returned via the opposite side, reuniting with her beau after, assumedly, traversing the globe. Cute.
i absolutely love this play. it is flawless in every way and i hope to one day be able to perform in it. it is one of those shows, that you can do multiple times, and it will never be the same and every time you read it, you get something new out of it. the couples presented in the play are real and can be related to any couple in today's time. i highly recommend that not only theatre fanatics read this, but everybody read this play for the lessons it provides.
I know that in the beginning of this play, the writer says that "cute will kill this play" but oh my god it is the cutest thing. I think it's meaningful and powerful and fantastic BUT IT ALSO MADE MY HEART WANT TO VOMIT EVERYWHERE.
I would love to be in this play. I can't even formulate thoughts. It was such a refreshing read. I'm kind of sick of people being endlessly dark in stories -- there is depth to be found in themes like love.
It has wit, laughs and love, but I kept waiting for Ruth Buzzi and Arte Johnson to come out and take a bow. Not sure what all the hype is about ...
Charming. Heart-breaking and heartwarming all at the same time.
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