Many people come to Maine for kayaks, schooners, trekking, bike touring and all other manner of outdoor activities. There is another side exceedingly well represented by the Acadia Repertory Theatre. Each summer season the troupe stages four plays in a delightful, small theatre in the town of Mt. Desert located in Mt Desert Island. About 80 patrons fill the audience, so all seats are the best.
We just had the pleasure of seeing Noel Coward’s “Private Lives.” What a hoot… the story is about a divorced couple who both wind up at the same hotel (alas, in adjoining rooms) on his/her honeymoon night! Sorry, even if you run fast, the play had its final performance 12 August.
The first play in the season was “Fully Committed” – a riotous one-man play, starring David Blais, as the downtrodden reservation phone operator for a very trendy New York restaurant. The second play, “Almost, Maine” about a fictitious town in Maine has won many awards but I fail to see the reason. Okay, I am not a certified play critic but I also do not think Ulysses is the best novel every written either! (Anyone out there agree with me?)
The final play in the series this summer is the always delightful “And Then There Were None”, Agatha Christie’s eternal whodunit.