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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Many people have suffered through long, tedious and not very memorable toasts at numerous weddings. Very few, however, can say they have listened to an 80-minute speech during such an occasion.

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Many productions of WaistWatchers the Musical! have been staged since 2007. Advertisements compare the plot to Menopause the Musical, since both comedies have found success due to song parodies, off-color humor and empathetic female characters.

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