Almost Maine Play Analysis Essay

Synopsis

A woman carries her heart, broken into nineteen pieces, in a small paper bag. A man shrinks to half his former size, after losing hope in love. A couple keep the love they have given each other in large red bags, or compress the mass into the size of a diamond. These playful and surreal experiences are commonplace in the world of John Cariani’s Almost, Maine, where on one deeply cold and magical Midwinter Night, the citizens of Almost -- not organized enough for a town, too populated for a wilderness -- experience the life-altering power of the human heart. Relationships end, begin, or change beyond recognition, as strangers become friends, friends become lovers, and lovers turn into strangers. Propelled by the mystical energy of the aurora borealis and populated with characters who are humorous, plain-spoken, thoughtful, and sincere, Almost, Maine is a series of loosely connected tales about love, each with a compelling couple at its center, each with its own touch of sorcery.

**Casting note: Almost, Maine was written with the intent to allow doubling, and can be performed by as few as 4 actors (2 Male, 2 Female), however the playwright encourages flexibility in the ensemble, and the play can be performed by as many as 19 actors (10 Male, 9 Female.)

Hayley Smith Theatre Lab-Major Performance March 4, 2013 Spring 2013-“Almost, Maine” Character Analysis-Sandrine and Marci I portrayed Sandrine and Marci in our production of “Almost, Maine,” by John Cariani a few weeks ago. This was my first time playing more than one character in a production and I felt like it might have been more of an issue in the beginning than it was in the end. Both of my characters became more and more distinct as the performances rolled by. Sandrine was from Act 1, in the episode “Sad and Glad.” Sandrine is a young, 20-something from the town Almost, Maine. She recently became engaged to her boyfriend, Martin, and is in the process of celebrating her upcoming wedding day. Sandrine is at the Moose Paddy, celebrating at her Bachelorette Party with friends, where she runs into her ex-boyfriend, Jimmy. Jimmy and Sandrine must have been in a relationship with Jimmy for quite a while, considering they once lived together. She also appears to have been able to

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