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Last Train to Nibroc The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: First Thursday-Sunday of every month. Continues through Sept. 6 2015

In scene one of this play set in 1940, priggish Bible thumper May and smooth-talking GI Raleigh meet cute on a cross-country train, both heading for Kentucky. He's a charmer. She's unpersuaded. They both have troubles. Will they get off the train together? If playwright Arlene Hutton created meaningful stakes for their relationship, I might care. As it is, they need nothing more from each other than Ginger Rogers needs from Fred Astaire. So when Hutton ramps up the crises—betrayal, abandonment, epilepsy (yes, epilepsy)—in the next two scenes, she’s building towers without foundations. And dear God, the play’s part of a trilogy. Thankfully Haven Theatre gives us only this first installment in 90 inoffensive minutes. Director Jason Gerace's proficient production neither contracts to cliche nor explodes to life. It's just emphatically well behaved. —Justin Hayford

Price: $28

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