CSL Dramatic

The highly acclaimed and multi-award winning Côte St. Luc Dramatic Society (CSDS) opened its latest production the romantic comedy Almost, Maine by playwright, Broadway and TV star John Cariani, to a packed house last night.

The popular and widely produced 2008 play is on at the Greenspon Auditorium, 5801 Cavendish Blvd. in Côte St. Luc Feb. 20-24.

Almost, Maine takes place in February, just after Valentine’s Day, and is structured as 11 fast-paced short stories exploring “the nature of romantic love — finding it, losing it, keeping it and giving it away.” Each of the stories takes place at 10 minutes to 9 p.m. in a fictional town called Almost, where each of the 19 characters make discoveries about love — some hilarious, some heart-swelling, some heartbreaking in this sweet, not saccharine, subtly surreal production.

“If it’s only funny, it’s terrible, and if it’s only cute, it’s terrible, and if it’s only sad and depressing, it’s terrible,” Cariani told the website Fast Company. “It’s tough for me when people play it for broad comedy. That’s not what I want it to be.”

Anisa Cameron, artistic director of the CSLDS and director of the play, says,

“I’ve been hoping to produce Almost, Maine for two years,” she stated. “What struck me the most about this play is the sincere and earnest way Cariani approaches the theme of love in his 11 stories that are both funny and poignant. We are approaching this production with the same sincerity. Cariani’s play will warm your heart, perfect in the dead of winter.”

Further showtimes for Almost, Maine are tonight Feb. 21 at 8 p.m., Feb. 23 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Feb. 24 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. For more information and to purchase tickets, consult www.csldramaticsociety.com/almost-maine.

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