SUSSEX BOROUGH — A woman carries her heart, broken into 19 pieces, in a small paper bag. A man shrinks to half his former size, after losing hope in love. A couple keep the love they have given each other in large red bags or compress the mass into the size of a diamond. These playful and surreal experiences are commonplace in the world of John Cariani’s Almost, Maine, where on one deeply cold and magical Midwinter Night, the citizens of Almost — not organized enough for a town, too populated for a wilderness — experience the life-altering power of the human heart. Relationships end, begin, or change beyond recognition, as strangers become friends, friends become lovers, and lovers turn into strangers. Propelled by the mystical energy of the aurora borealis and populated with characters who are humorous, plain-spoken, thoughtful, and sincere, Almost, Maine is a series of loosely connected tales about love, each with a compelling couple at its center, each with its own touch of sorcery. Directed by Cina Gabel. Show dates are February 22 through March 3. Order your tickets at www.mycptix.com or from our Facebook page. Friday and Saturday shows begin at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday shows begin at 2 p.m. Tickets are $22 in advance and $24.50 at the door. Call 973 702-0687 for more information or visit us on Facebook. Cornerstone Playhouse is located at 74 Main Street, Sussex Borough.