Jan 25, 2019
Plates and Plays, organized by Partners for Theater, brought together nineteen theater lovers for dinner and drama on Friday, January 25. The evening began at Papa Joe's Restaurant in the Valley, as we took a very long table and a large booth to accommodate the group. I did not survey the group about the food, but the sautéed Walleye on special was superb.
We then attended the unique and charming Almost Maine at the Weathervane. The play consisted of nine vignettes about love and human relations in a small town in northern Maine, not quite Canada, but seemingly not quite Maine, either. One vignette served as prologue and epilogue for the production, while the others told heartwarming stories of people trying to find their way together. A few sad, most were amusing, and all were interesting. Despite occurring far from anywhere, the stories were universal. The cast was uniformly high quality, with some of the actors particularly adept at using facial expressions to communicate more than words ever could.
Emeritus Professor of Law
University of Akron School of Law