The history of actor/writer John Cariani’s 2004 play, Almost, Maine, is interesting, to say the least. Despite a locally successful premiere with the Portland Stage Company, the romantic comedy wasn’t a big hit in New York, where it played at the Daryl Roth Theatre off-Broadway.

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With the large number of shows of varying quality that are presented each year at the San Diego International Fringe Festival, it’s easy to overlook and miss some high-quality works. Luckily for us, several of these plays return for limited engagements.

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It has only been fairly recently that society has begun to treat people with Down syndrome with some care and respect. For a long time, people with this genetic disorder were considered mad and confined to asylums with poor conditions and little contact with the outside world.

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Hershey Felder typically writes and stars in shows that feature him playing a famous musician and composer. What’s different about San Diego Repertory Theatre’s production of Beethoven, however, is that he plays Dr. Gerhard von Breuning, a physician and friend of Ludwig van Beethoven.

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Reuniting with people with whom one has lost touch isn’t always an easy task and, in some instances, can seem out of the question. A reunion between two brothers fuels the emotional world premiere of The Hour of Great Mercy at the Diversionary Theatre.

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