Onstage: Last Train to Nibroc

While Arlene Hutton’s play, Last Train to Nibroc, is new to Cincinnati, it’s been around for almost a decade. The two-actor, 90-minute script is a sweet but believable love story that feels perfect for springtime. On a cross-country train ride in 1940, R

While Arlene Hutton’s play, Last Train to Nibroc, is new to Cincinnati, it’s been around for almost a decade. The two-actor, 90-minute script charmed audiences at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and its simplicity appeals to theaters today because it’s inexpensive to produce, requiring minimal scenery. But it’s rich in the emotion and storytelling that audiences respond to.

On a cross-country train ride in 1940, Raleigh (Timothy Kiefer) invites himself to share a seat with May (Dana Acheson). She grudgingly enters into a conversation with the lanky soldier and they discover they’re from adjacent towns in rural Kentucky. She’s headed home after a failed romance; Raleigh has been discharged from the military for health reasons and is traveling to New York City.

He teases her; she puts him off, but he persists. Subsequent scenes in 1942 and 1943 reveal bumps in their on-again, off-again romance. It’s not hard to detect that Raleigh and May’s story will have a happy ending, but the course of their relationship is neither predictable nor boring.

Last Train to Nibroc is a sweet but believable love story that feels perfect for springtime. Tuesday-Sunday through April 26. Read Rick Pender's full review here.

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