“Almost, Maine,” written by John Cariani, is one of those endearing plays that capture your imagination almost immediately and never let go. With 19 characters played by a cast of only four people, it is most definitely an actor’s piece.
In the end, Reb Atadero (“The Graduate,” “The Horse and His Boy”), Caisa Borromeo (“The Secret Garden,” “Kung Paano Ako Naging Leading Lady”), Natalie “Naths” Everett (“The Secret Garden,” “The Game’s Afoot”) and Jamie Wilson (“Run For Your Wife,” “The Bridges of Madison County”) were chosen to take up the acting chores.
Director Bart Guingona (“4,000 Miles,” “The Normal Heart”) has never been one to do a play as it is written, and has put his own stamp on this wonderful material. With stage design by Baby Imperial and Coco Anne, lighting by John Batalla, sound design by Jethro Joaquin and costumes by Marta Lovina, “Almost, Maine” promises to be a strong offering in Repertory Philippines’ (REP) 2016 season.
“Almost, Maine” opens at Onstage Theater in Greenbelt 1, Makati City, on Feb. 19, and will run until March 13, with 8 p.m. performances every Friday and Saturday, and 3:30 p.m. matinees every Saturday and Sunday. For details and tickets, call Rep at 8433570 or TicketWorld at 8919999. Visit www.ticketworld.com.ph.