When the stars align


Shannon Walker (Ginette) and Anthony Caudillo (Pete) compare their relationship to a snowball in the prologue of “Almost Maine.

Shannon Walker (Ginette) and Anthony Caudillo (Pete) compare their relationship to a snowball in the prologue of “Almost Maine.

Falling snow and the northern lights was a great setting for humor, magic and love on May 3 at the Haugh Performing Arts Center.

 

Citrus College’s theater arts department’s production of “Almost, Maine” was a heartwarming story that reminds everyone that love, in all stages, is a miracle.

 

The play takes place on one Friday night in the territory known as Almost, Maine. A collection of vignettes offer a glimpse of the triumphs and perils of love from different stand points.

 

A rule of acting is to show not tell. For instance Kirbie Puestow, who plays Gayle, leaves giant red bags which rep- resents her love at her boyfriend Lendall’s doorstep.

 

“I’m getting all the love you gave me, and I’m giving it back to you,” she declared.

 

The play was written by John Cariani, and directed by Citrus professor Cherie Brown. The scene of the night was Her Heart. Glory, as played by Amanda Villegas, must see the northern lights to honor the memory of her dead husband.

 

The chemistry and sporadic energy of Glory and East, as played by Richard Lozoya, raised the stakes, and had us at the edge of our seats as East tries to fix Glory’s broken heart.

 

“Almost, Maine,” which was first produced in Portland, Me., in 2004, and had a short Off Broadway run in New York in 2006, is also characterized by a series of sudden, unexpected first kisses” in a review of The New York Times.

 

The crew and production staff assembled a beautiful starry skyline. Also, the sound effects matched up flawlessly.

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