Islands of snow and structures set the scenes for Almost, Maine.
The Tech Theatre Company took us to Maine in their latest production, but it all looked eerily familiar.
Almost, Maine was a village with snowmobiles, a friendly tavern, northern lights, camping, ice fishing, plenty of snow, and, in the end, we discover that everybody knows everybody else.
There were many metaphors for love and loss along the way on a small-town Friday night.
A young couple has a dalliance under the northern lights and shooting stars. Another woman camps out in someone's yard, trying to make amends and mend a broken heart. Another couple is splitting up in the Moose Patty Cafe, but they both land on their feet.
Apartment dwellers get entangled in a laundry room and ruminate on pain and love and painful love. Young lovers seem to be splitting up, with lots of literal baggage being returned, only to be united and engaged.
Two ice fisherman fall in love, literally on the ice, and by the end of the play must crawl off the set. Another couple argues about a missing boot and a skating date that goes bad. (The boot appears out of the sky.)
A woman named Hope returns to Almost to finally say "yes" to a marriage proposal (too late?). And, finally, a snowmobiling couple finds romance after a trail ride and the tomboy's epiphany.
The set was the usual astounding assembly: islands of snow set off each scene. Wooden cabins, bar, houses, and apartments surrounded an icy lake (shaped like a heart). And a Polaris and an Arctic Cat graced stage right.
The northern lights ran through the room. Lighting brought us from scene to scene as did the space music that was also a nice intro, transition, and finale.
What was revealed at the end was the power of love, up-north style, and the talent of our students, faculty, staff, and community, who never disappoint on the other side of campus.
Total to date: 118.5"
On the ground: 26"
In the last week: 18.5"
Total last year: 148"
On the ground: 18"