Winsome, witty winter-themed comedy

Seabury Hall Performing Arts’ current production well-executed romantic comedy

Carver Glomb (left) and Aryana Johnson set off sparks in the vignette “Where It Went” in Seabury Hall Performing Arts’ “Almost, Maine.”

STAGE REVIEW

I can’t offer enough praise for Seabury Hall Performing Arts’ current production, “Almost, Maine.” This winsome and witty winter-themed romantic comedy is brilliantly written by John Cariani and well-executed by its local teen cast. Set in the non-existent community of “Almost,” each vignette takes place simultaneously at approximately 9 p.m. on a Friday.

One touching and true scene is “Sad and Glad,” the tale of a heartbroken young man. Javi Faith as Jimmy, Megan Malcolm as his old flame Sandrine and Malia Jalbert as a cheerful waitress all offer wonderful performances in roles perfectly suited for them.

Another favorite was “Where It Went,” an account of a young couple in a strained marriage attempting to have a romantic night of ice skating. Carver Glomb and Aryana Johnson have realistic chemistry and full command of their poetic lines in these dual adult actor-worthy presentations.

Director Sally Sefton has coached her talented teen cast impeccably. Brimming with large laughs and poignant moments amidst beautiful backdrops of snowy nights and winter lights, “Almost, Maine” is the don’t miss high-school production of the season.

• Seabury Hall Performing Arts concludes “Almost, Maine” by John Cariani, directed by Sally Sefton. Performances are at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at the ‘A’ali’ikuhonua Creative Arts Center on the Seabury Hall campus in Makawao. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $5 for students. For more information or to purchase tickets online, visit www.seaburyhall.org.

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