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Almost, Maine brings love stories to Hamburg

Two of the six cast members rehearse the play with the Northern Lights in the background. The play opens Friday night (April 12) at 7:30 p.m. and runs through Saturday, April 27.
The joy and pain of love will be on full display at the Swan Theater in Hamburg with the opening of “Almost, Maine” on Friday (April 12).

The play, written by John Cariani, is being put on by the Buffalo Laboratory Theatre and features director Katie White. It runs through Saturday, April 27 on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. A special matinee will be held on Sunday, April 14 at 2 p.m.

“Almost, Maine” is a collection of nine scenes, each roughly eight to 10 minutes long, depicting love in various ways, from the exuberance of first love to the heartbreak of love gone wrong.

“All of the scenes take place on the same night at 9 p.m. in the (fictional) town of Almost, Maine,” White said. “Some are about finding love, discovering love and losing love.”

The backdrop of the play features the Northern Lights, giving the play a whimsical feel.

“There’s magic in each scene,’ White said.

Six actors make up the cast, playing 19 parts between them. It’s a young cast, White said.

“Four of them are just out of college, and two are not much older,” she said. “They’re all extremely talented.”

Because of the cast’s musical abilities, live music will be provided between sets, White said.

“They’ll be coming out and singing instead of having recorded music,” she said.

For White, an actor by trade who’s been involved with numerous theaters in the Buffalo area, it’s her first time directing a bigger play.

“The directing part is so new,” she said. “It’s really exciting.”

The play itself is a simple story, White said, with simple characters everyone can relate to.

“What I like is that we have a chance to see ourselves in them,” she said. “It’s quirky and has surprises.”

There are two acts to the play, and with intermission, it runs just under two hours, White said.

For tickets, visit www.Buffalolabtheatre.com or call 202-9033.
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