Almost, Maine: It’s Love. But Not Quite

OSWEGO, NY – In the eight vignettes that comprise Almost, Maine, audiences get to look through a keyhole at the lives and loves of some of the citizens of the magical, mystical – and fictional – town that lends the play its title.

Drawn in part from the Presque Isle, Maine, upbringing of playwright John Cariani, the play’s characters find themselves falling in and out of love in unexpected and often hilarious ways.

Performances of this charming comedy begin on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

The residents of Almost, Maine, are a special kind of people.

After noting that the play is “a whimsical approach to the joys and perils of romance,” The New York Times indicated that Cariani “is working from the notion that the remoter expanses of the country are the natural harbor of the adorably lovelorn, the touched and the irretrievably lost.”

Almost, Maine is almost everywhere – seriously.

It has been produced by more than 70 professional theater companies and by more than 2,000 non-professional theater organizations across the United States and around the world.

Almost, Maine has gone on to become the most-produced play in high schools across America.

The Oswego High School Drama Club production is being directed and produced by the club advisor Robert Dumas who is making his Drama Club debut after two successful seasons as the music director for the OHS musicals.

The cast features many OHS students: Ben Chatterton, Mark Forger, Natalie Griffin, Rachel Leotta, Sarah Lamb, Stephen Mahan, Aidan McGreevy, Keelan McGreevy, Megan Shafer, Ryan Smith, and Hannah Strzelisnki.

Perhaps the story of Almost, Maine is the heart-warming Cinderella story of its success, worthy of the inhabitants of Almost, Maine.

Performances of Almost, Maine will be May 8 and 9 at 7:30 p.m. in the Robinson-Faust Theatre for Performing Arts, at Oswego High School.

Tickets will be available at the door for $10.