Seventeen local performers are slated to star in this whimsical and poignant evening, including talent from Quincy and Barry in Illinois and LaGrange and Canton in Missouri.

The Quincy Community Theatre opened the Box Office Aug. 15 for the nation’s biggest play of the past decade — John Cariani’s quirky romantic comedy “Almost, Maine.”

A hint of magic is in the air for the town of Almost, Maine. Against a backdrop of twinkling stars and the rich hues of the northern lights, Almost’s residents find themselves falling in and out of love in the strangest ways. Love is lost, found, and confounded as these nine surreal vignettes unfold, exposing incredibly relatable moments between very human characters. Punctuated by visually stunning flashes of the absurd, this heartwarming midwinter’s tale has been hailed by The New York Times as a “higher-concept and more clever version of Hollywood hits like ‘Love Actually’ and ‘Valentine’s Day’” and “a beautifully structured play, with nifty surprise endings.” Life for the people of Almost, Maine will never be the same. It’s love. But not quite. We can’t quite make up our minds.

Seventeen local performers are slated to star in this whimsical and poignant evening, including talent from Quincy and Barry in Illinois and LaGrange and Canton in Missouri.

“Cariani tells us that this is a play about people who are normally very grounded, but who have become very excited by love and other extraordinary occurrences,” said director Brandon Thomsen.

“Almost, Maine” is directed by Artistic Director Brandon Thomsen, with scenic/lighting design by Technical Director Paul Denckla, and costumes by resident designer Janae Lafleur. Courtney Friday serves as the stage manager.

Tickets are $18. Performances are Sept. 8-11 and 16-18, Thursday-Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. For tickets, to volunteer backstage, or to serve as an usher, visit 1qct.org or call the QCT Box Office, located in the Oakley-Lindsay Center, at (217) 222-3209.