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.
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.