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Originally published in Compass, January 17, 2013
Stonington Opera House to present Last Gas

Mainers know what it’s like to be at the end of the road—especially those in Aroostook County: two hours north of Bangor at the end of I-95 alongside the Canadian border, with Boston—and the Red Sox—more than six hours to the south.

Now Maine’s most accomplished playwright and actor, John Cariani, has set a funny, charming, romantic comedy on his native turf: Last Gas. Opera House Arts at the Stonington Opera House will present an original, Actors Equity production of Last Gas, directed by OHA’s Artistic Director Judith Jerome, February 7-10. Special meal and lodging packages are available, according to a news release.

Last Gas is set at Paradis’ gas station and convenience store—the last place for such items before the Canadian border. Nat Paradis is a 30-something, divorced single father. When his old high school flame, Lurene, arrives in town for her mother’s burial, it coincides with his best friend Guy’s birthday gift of tickets to a Red Sox-Yankees game and the sparks begin to fly.