New Haven Theater Company, fresh from their romp through Our Town, are embarking on another exercise in chill-in-the-air small-town New England drama: John Cariani’s scenic setting of nine two-person vignettes Almost, Maine.
There was a noteworthy Connecticut production Almost, Maine just last year, at TheatreWorks in Hartford. The show was first produced in 2004 by Maine’s own Portland Stage Company. A short New York run in 2006 was directed by Goodspeed Opera House veteran Gabriel Barre. It may not have done so well in big cities, but regional, community and school theaters have embraced the script. There’s a very good chance that if you know someone who’s in high school, they’ve been in this play.
The New Haven Theatre Company production, 8 p.m. November 14-16 and 21-23 in the English Building Market at 839 Chapel Street (same place they did Our Town) is co-directed by Megan Chenot and Margaret Mann and acted by Peter Chenot, Erich Greene, Anna Klein, Deena Nicol, Mallory Pellegrino, Steve Scarpa, Jenny Schuck and Christian Shaboo.
You’ll recognize most of those names as residents of Grover’s Corners in the last NHTC show. Now they live in Almost, Maine.
Details at www.newhaventheatercompany.com