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Playing Up the Winter Theme, Coastal Rep's ‘Almost, Maine,’ Opens Tonight

Set in the frigid Northeast, the play is a series of stories exposing the joys and hazards of romance.

It’s June 1, yet signs of winter are popping up all over the Coast. The snowmen on Highway 1 in the early days of summer are indeed an unusual sight.

But feeling like it’s winter in June is exactly what the folks at the want audience members to experience with their latest work, “Almost, Maine,” opening tonight and running through June 23.

The offbeat comedy is comprised of eight vignettes exploring good people, doing good things, caught up in the complexities of love in the mythical town of Almost, Maine, where even in the frigid Northeast, love keeps these quirky characters warm — all set under a starry and dramatically beautiful Maine sky at nine o’clock on a mid-winter Friday night.

“We are all thrilled to have an opportunity to bring a fresh new comedy to the Coast,” said Director Roxane Ashe.

Writer John Cariani’s whimsical story is known as the most produced play in the United States. The play is comprised of whimsical occurrences peppered with hilarious scenes about discovering the magic and mysteries of love. 

The show features both new talent and familiar faces to Coastal Rep fans, with: Will Chen, Ryan Giles, Lucas Gust, Hannah Harwood, Greet Jaespart, Deborah Joves, Jordan Kersten, Elizabeth Lowenstein, Bob Mitton, Gloria Moore, David Rock, Keely Rollings, Sean Rollings, Jamie Sharp, Julia Thollaug, Steve Travis, Ken Will, and Stephen Yogi.

The show also features live music composed and performed by Half Moon Bay violinist Stephen Yogi.

“I am having the time of my life directing an incredibly talented group of actors in this play filled with belly laughs, whimsy and love," said Ashe. "I also love the fact that the show is family friendly — anyone interested in love will enjoy it.”

IF  YOU GO

“Almost, Maine,” running Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m tonight through June 23.  For more information and to purchase tickets call (650) 569-3266, or visit www.coastalrep.com. Coastal Repertory Theatre is located at 1167 Main Street in Half Moon Bay.

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