*Update: This article has been edited to reflect the following changes: Minor grammatical and naming errors*
Last week, I was graciously allowed to preview the Del Rey Player’s fall performance of "Almost, Maine" directed by sophomore modern languages major Sofia Beroud. The original script was written by John Cariani and depicts the stories of the occupants of a small, remote town in Maine.
Coincidentally, I had performed this play myself back in high school which made watching it at LMU somewhat nostalgic. I had forgotten all about it since then, but I was thoroughly reminded of why it had caught my eye in the first place. Though cheesy at times, "Almost, Maine" is good entertainment for the lovey-dovey types who enjoy corny humor.
As a hopeless romantic myself, I was pleased to see all the cute moments of the show, and trust me, there’s a lot. In fact, every scene revolves around romantic love and the different issues and situations that arise through that.
The show opens with a pair of fumbling, blushing teenagers sitting at a bench watching the stars. They're the epitome of innocent first loves, and yet, after a simple misunderstanding, they find themselves at a standstill. This vignette is the only one out of them all that the play returns to repeatedly.
"Almost, Maine" has everything you’re looking for in a romantic comedy.
You have stories ranging from a man who can’t feel pain and a woman who refuses to believe that is true, a married couple falling out of love, a pair of female best friends who literally “fall” in love with each other as a well as a man trying to crack through his crush's hard exterior with a painting.
One of the best aspects of "Almost, Maine" is how literal it takes common phrases or ideas of love. You have a girl holding onto her broken heart – it’s literally in a paper bag – and there’s this boy who steals it. Or, the married couple who searches for a missing shoe and end up not only finding it, but also the answer as to why they're unhappy.
You won't regret watching this flurry of stories come alive.
Though the acting can be somewhat choppy at times, most of it is pretty natural and easy to follow. You can tell that the cast put a lot of effort into their rehearsals, which Beroud tells us has been happening for over a month. The crew also did an amazing job with the scenery and special effects.
Overall, this is a show you definitely want to see. Like a snow globe, "Almost, Maine" comes full circle with its stories and leaves you wanting more.
They'll be putting on seven performance through Nov. 9 and 12 as well as Nov. 16 through the 18. It's $10 for general admission and $5 for DRP members.
The Del Rey Players puts on four shows a year, so keep an eye out for them. Their next one will be "And A Child Shall Lead" by Michael Slade.
This is the opinion of Jaida Macklin, a sophomore English and theatre arts double major from Chicago, Illinois. Tweet comments to @LALoyolan or email comments to email@example.com.