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Jan 14, 2015  |  Vote 0    0

Stratford’s newest theatre company presents snowy romantic charmer

Stratford Gazette

On a cold Friday night in the middle of winter, while the northern lights hover in the sky above, Almost’s residents find themselves falling in and out of love in the strangest ways. In this snowy romantic charmer, life for the people of Almost will never be the same.

Almost, Maine, written by John Cariani and directed by Brenley Charkow, is set take the stage in Stratford the first week of February.

“I wanted to find a show that would speak to the residents of Stratford and surrounding area, and I think the characters in this play are those with whom we can all relate,” says Charkow, whose award-winning company Harley Dog Productions is debuting in its new home of Stratford.

“I think it’s the perfect Valentine’s gift we can give to Stratford- laughter and love in the middle of winter.”

Almost, Maine boasts a cast of local professional actors: Peggy Coffey (Stratford Festival, Alternative Theatreworks, Canstage, Blyth Festival), Andy Pogson (The Grand Theatre, Stratford Festival, Drayton Entertainment), Stacy Smith (Neptune Theatre, Drayton Entertainment), Stephanie Roth (Stratford Festival,

The Grand Theatre, Mirvish Productions), Jade Elliott (DanCap Productions, Stratford Festival, Drayton Entertainment), and David Kirby (The Grand Theatre, Stratford Festival, Theatre Orangeville)

“We have some amazing local talent and are excited to be building new relationships in this community. We look forward to this being the first of many productions,” states Charkow, whose most recent directorial credits include On The Other Side of the World, and Mo & Jess.

He’s joined by local stage manager Robert Pel (Manitoba Opera), set designer Stephen Degenstein (Stratford Festival, NAC, Drayton Entertainment), lighting designer Tristan Tidswell (Theatre New Brunswick, Stratford Festival), sound designer Colin Labadie (New York Music Ensemble, University of Waterloo), and fight direction by Jade Elliott (Jersey Boys, DANCAP)

Presented at The Masonic Hall (15 Church St.) from Feb. 3-8, tickets are  available at the door or online at

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