Reflections on Love in BC’s Performance of Almost, Maine

By Alexa Villareal

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This past weekend Boston College was transported to the unofficial town of Almost, Maine. A series of sweet and timeless scenes of love and loss, the play Almost, Maine was a perfect primer for the upcoming Valentine’s Day. Each scene focuses on two characters at a time, eighteen appearing throughout the whole play, all performed by only seven actors. While the scenes focus on some romantic theme, each contains a metaphor that is played out in a very literal way. Whether it be “Getting it Back,” where Gayle (Lexi Auth) brings bags and bags to her boyfriend Lendall’s (Dan Quinones) house demanding the return of “all the love he gave her,” or in “Where it Went” where after Marci (Aryn Mello Pryor) fights with her husband Phil (Ben Halter) a shoe, quite literally, drops.

Having seen two other productions of Almost, Maine, the BC actors brought personal elements to the characters that made this performance especially pleasurable. I have never quite laughed as hard watching the segment “Sad and Glad” as I did watching Villian the waitress break the much needed tension, nor in “Seeing the Thing” where Elizabeth Koennecke took Rhonda and made her standard, tough exterior, a humorous persistence that came through as nothing but honest.

The play breaks your heart and puts it back together repeatedly, most notably when Michael Pisaturo as the anonymous man watches Hope (Lexi Auth) and his face reads the soft knowing of his identity, as well as the love for a girl he has not seen in years.

However, my favorite scenes have always been the simple Prologue, Interlogue, and Epilogue sequence following Pete (Brett Murphy) as he tells his love that sitting beside him, she is actually as far away from him as possible. Cuteness then ensues.

Great job, BC Theatre Department!

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