[NEohioPAL] Review of Almost, Maine at Bay Village Community Theatre

Christopher Bizub via NEohioPAL neohiopal at lists.neohiopal.org
Tue Mar 7 12:00:11 PST 2017

*Bay Village Theater’s ‘Almost, Maine’ an ideal inaugural production*

Roman Macharoni, Community Theater critic,  Mar 6, 2017

Having turned an underutilized church hall into a new stage for local
talent, the newly-christened Bay Village Community Theater’s production of
“Almost, Maine” is a match made in heaven.

First performed at the Portland Stage Company in 2004 before a brief visit
to Off-Broadway, John Cariani’s comedy consists of eleven short, mostly
two-character scenes enacted by eight performers – Mackenzie
Barry-Trombley, Gabriel Chuna, Kaycee Craig, Jim Hagan, Margaret Hnat,
Casey McCann, Brittany Shrake and Natalie Romano.

Each scene offers a literal interpretation of a common metaphor for love,
loss and regret, and is presented with endearing self-awareness and
tongue-in-cheek humor. And each character is plain-spoken and propelled to
wax poetic by the mystical energy of the aurora borealis high above the
mythical town of Almost, Maine.

Relationships begin, end and change beyond recognition, as strangers become
friends, friends become lovers, and lovers turn into strangers. Though
presented as isolated incidents, each story is held together by a web of
connections that visualize a whole community experiencing the same gushing

“Sad and Glad” is particularly noteworthy. Here, Jimmy (Chuna) finds that
his ex-girlfriend Sandrine (Barry-Trombley) has moved on faster than he
expected and finds himself filtering his true emotions. In “This Hurts,”
slapstick is wonderfully showcased as Marvalyn (Trombley) meets Steve
(McCann), a dimwitted man who claims to not feel pain but fears being hurt
by love...Click HERE
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