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All about love, or, well, Almost anyway...Tell North Platte what you think
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Ryan Pleiss and Shelly Deardoff compare perspectives
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Kathy Walker, Davey McCombs
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Ryan Pleiss, Cory Scott

On a cold, clear, moonless Friday night in the middle of winter, all is not what it seems in the remote, mythical town of Almost, Maine.

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Everyone in this goofy place is toying with, wrestling with or falling in love, when the newest production at the North Platte Community Playhouse opens at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16.

Northern lights hover in the star-filled sky above, and residents of Almost, Maine find themselves falling in and out of love in unexpected and often hilarious ways.

Knees are bruised; hearts are broken. Love is lost, found, and confounded. But bruises heal and hearts mend, almost anyway, in what has been described as “a comic, romantic roundelay,” by the Wall Street Journal.

The play is told in eight vignettes – little stories unto themselves featuring two members at a time from Almost. Scenes portray first love, married love, unconventional love, broken love and reunited love, showing the wonder, sorrow, confusion and yearning for love.

Watching everyday folks deal with the most mysterious force in the universe pleases the funny bone as well as the fancy. The plot seems to inspire the actors. This reviewer could not stop chuckling as Shelly Deardoff and Ryan Pleiss worked out the character’s blossoming love as they rehearsed one vignette.

Promoters say Almost Maine explores the mysteries of the human heart, touching audiences with laughter, heartbreak and hope, It is an accurate summary. We recommend this play.

Ticket are on sales at the Playhouse from noon-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and can be bought online at www.northplattecommunityplayhouse.com, or at the door before any performance.

Performances will also be held Sunday Nov. 17, as well as Nov. 22, 23 and 24. Friday and Saturday performances start at 8 p.m. and the Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. It makes a good outing before the Thanksgiving weekend.

Carey Harder is the director, with assistance from husband Daniel. The plan is made possible, in part, by support from the Nebraska Arts Council and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment of the Arts.

The cast

Ryan Pleiss - Randy, Phil, Dave

John Visel - Steve, Man

Sam Fornander - East

Corey Scott-Chad, Jimmy

Davey McCombs - Lendall, Pete

Amanda Paige Pleiss - Sandrine, Marci

Shelly Deardoff - Rhonda

Lou Fornander - Hope

Nicole Fiechtner - Marvelyn, Gayle, Glory

Katy Walker - Ginette, Waitress

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 11/17/2013
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