02/26/2016

Almost is never enough

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Valentine’s season is the least exciting Hallmark holidays for some people. As an act of rebellion against Valentine’s Day, I chose to watch Narcos instead of all the romcoms Netflix recommended. In one of the episodes, Pablo Escobar talked about magical realism or “what happens when a highly detailed, realistic setting is invaded by something too strange to believe.” Little did I know that this show was just a detour to get me back on the V-Day train.

Love bag: Reb Atadero and Caisa Borromeo play four characters each in Almost, Maine.

Magical realism was subtle theme in Repertory Philippines’ latest show Almost, Maine. The play is set in the organized town of Almost, where strange things occur on a regular basis. It’s a town where you can collect all the love your boyfriend gave you and give it back in a bag when you’re over. Or traded for something more special. It’s a world where it’s physically possible to walk across the Earth to express your feelings and for a shoe that fell from the sky to save a marriage. In the town of Almost, everything is magical when it comes to love.

Written by John Cariani, Almost, Maine is a charming play made up of nine vignettes revolving around 16 characters. Think: a shorter, sweeter, more charming and funnier Valentine’s Day the movie (sorry, not sorry). Starring award-winning theater actors Reb Atadero, Caisa Borromeo, Natalie Everett, and Jamie Wilson and directed by Bart Guingona. Almost, Maine is the perfect show to cap the Valentine’s season with.

Show runs until March 13 at Greenbelt 1, Makati City. For more information, visit Repertory Philippine’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/repertoryphilippines/

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