The Last Train to Nibroc is pulling out of off-Broadway's Douglas Fairbanks Theatre, after 13 previews and 33 regular performances. Arlene Hutton's romantic comedy began previews Nov. 11, opened Nov. 21 and ends Dec. 19.
The WWII-era play had a brief run at the 78th Street Theatre Lab last winter. Director Michael Montel staged the original production, which premiered Aug. 19, 1998 at the New York International Fringe Festival.
Last Train follows two young Kentuckians -- played by Alexandra Geis and Benim Foster -- who meet on a train carrying the bodies of Nathanael West and F. Scott Fitzgerald. Raleigh, the man, is inspired to leave Kentucky to seek a literary career in New York. May, on the other hand, returns to her home to maintain a life of diversion.
Author Hutton, a member of the New Dramatists, won the 1998 Samuel French Short Play Contest. Last Train was a finalist for the 1998 Denver Theatre Center's Francesca Primus Prize. Director Montel's Broadway credits include Summer Brave and The Member of the Wedding.
For tickets and information on Last Train to Nibroc at the Douglas Fairbanks Theatre, 432 West 42nd Street, call (212) 239-6200. -- By Christine Ehren & David Lefkowitz