Nobody really knows about love.

Not playwright John Cariani. Not Whetstone High School theater director Christopher Ray. And not the Whetstone students in the cast and crew of Cariani's "Almost, Maine" this weekend at the school.

"Does anyone have a good grasp on love?" senior Aidan Thomas, who plays Jimmy, asked rhetorically. "I think the whole point of the play is that nobody knows how it works."

Ray confirmed that assessment, adding his students have found the topic relatable as they've tackled the script.

"There are scenes that end, and I have to reconvince myself that these guys are still in high school," he said. "They delve so deep into characterization and their acting choices reach such a high level that it is sometimes unreal the feeling they provoke within their audience.

"The kids in this show have such an incredible knack for acting."

"Almost, Maine" is a series of vignettes related only in that each concerns the idea of love -- albeit from a variety of angles and perspectives -- and that each has a connection to a fictional town called Almost, Maine.

"Every character is going through a unique situation and (the play's) storytelling is one of the best around," Ray said, calling the script " beautiful writing."

Junior Moesha Obas, who plays Hope, called her scene "emotional" and said it deals with issues of abandonment and return.

"Love is complicated but absolutely a beautiful thing," she said.

Ray said one of the reasons he selected this play is its large cast, providing an opportunity for as many students as possible to showcase their acting talents.

"Almost, Maine" will take the stage at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, and Saturday, Nov. 16, with a matinee at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17, at the school, 4405 Scenic Drive.

Tickets are $5 for students, $8 for adults, free for children 5 and younger.

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