Almost, Maine
by John Cariani
Smelly Puppies - Winnipeg, MB
V.27 - Oseredok 
A series of vignettes take you on a journey to the same fictional town, on the same night, under the same mysterious and beautiful Aurora Borealis. Cariani’s Off-Broadway hit broke box office records for a reason. In his characters, we see ourselves in the universal struggle of love, loss and the search for human connection. In doing so, we're reminded of the importance of having a place to call home, a place where the temperature often drops well below zero, a place not unlike Winterpeg, Manisnowba!

William Carrette, Ashlin Daly, Nina Eilberg, Sophie Helmer, Nora Kroeger, Cyra Moore-Freedman, Ella Scratch, Seraphim Scratch, Darian Shaw, Maia Woods and Aidan Zeglinski

Show Info:
75 Mins
Tickets: $12
$10 Students, Fringe performers


Parental Guidance

Warnings: Sexual content

Wed July 17 7:45 PM*
*(2 for $12)
Thu July 18 8:00 PM
Fri July 19 8:45 PM
Sat July 20 8:15 PM
Sun July 21 8:45 PM
Mon July 22 7:15 PM
Tue July 23 7:00 PM
Wed July 24 7:15 PM
Thu July 25 7:45 PM
Fri July 26 8:45 PM
Sat July 27 8:45 PM
Sun July 28 4:00 PM

Almost, Maine

Smelly Puppies—Oseredok

The strength of this well-directed and wonderfully acted play is the young ensemble cast — a larger than normal group for a Fringe production — that takes the viewer through a series of heart-warming and heart-wrenching vignettes, delivered with poignancy, gusto and humour in generous doses in all the right moments. The live musical interludes (and pre-show house music) perfectly enhance, bridge and complement the scenes. Arrive early or buy advance tickets because the show has been selling out consistently and the venue capacity is 40.

Almost, Maine

Smelly Puppies—Oseredok

I was so lucky to have stumbled into this gem; after missing my original choice by 2 minutes. And I am so glad I did! The story really has nothing in particular to do with Maine; as this could unfold anywhere the Aurora Borealis can be seen, such as Winnipeg.

You will be treated to a large ensemble cast of ten talented young people. This is a welcome change after all the solo shows that are the Fringe norm. A engaging story, popular and well-chosen songs, sung and performed live, all make for an enjoyable experience. It is easy to see why this off-Broadway show broke box office records, and this cast does the script by John Cariani justice. The 75 minutes will fly by and you should take this in while you can!

Arrive early or linger after, as you are welcome to stay and enjoy the beautiful and interesting exhibits at this venue, the Ukrainian Museum, Osereredok, which just means Centre. The charming volunteer I met (actually Board member Don Puhach), was so friendly and proud to show it off, and inform you of his Ukrainian culture. This was my first visit and the building makes great use of this historic gem.

Lisa Campbell