“Almost, Maine” opens May 1

 The Players’ Almost, Maine by John Cariani will run at the Town Hall Theater in Middlebury May 1-4, 2014. A Romantic Comedy for anyone who has ever loved, hurt, laughed, or believed in magic, this unexpected set of tales about the lives of the residents of a small mill town in Maine is sure to amuse and engage you. It’s true you may not see the romantic side at first—after all, this is New England and we don’t wear our hearts on our sleeves here—but the longer you stay, the more you’ll discover how each character is searching for love in his or her own special way.

 The play uses nine interlocking stories of the quest for romance to create a town where love can make anything happen, even if it occasionally has to bend the laws of physics. The stories are alternately hilarious, charming, touching, clever, and poignant. Think you know the people in your town? Well, once you’ve visited Almost, you’ll see life in New England in a whole new light.

 John Cariani’s play has been delighting audiences all across New England since it premiered in Portland in 2004. Its Off-Broadway premiere in 2006 convinced Manhattan that amour is alive and well to their north.

 In its first Middlebury production, the ensemble cast includes Elizabeth Maher, Mark Zelis, Jennifer Wagner, Adam Ginsburg, Tracy Corbett, Nolan Ellsworth, Leif Erickson, Stephanie Gallas, Dora Greven, Tom Hughes, Megan Kelley, Ark Lemal, Tomas McElhaney, Cody McGlashaw, Valerie Smith-Hastings, Dutton Smith Jr., Kathleen Smith, Sarah Stone, and Kathleen Walls. Direction is by Kevin Commins, Mary Longey is the producer, and Piper Patterson and Emily Stone are stage managers.

Performances:

Thursday – Saturday, May 1 – 3, 2014, 8:00 p.m.

Matinee: Sunday, May 4, 2:00 p.m.

Town Hall Theater in Middlebury

Tickets $17. Town Hall Theater Box Office 382-9222 or www.townhalltheater.org