(Hedy Weiss’s article appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times, 7/31.)

Confession: I was lured to Arlene Hutton’s two-character play “Last Train to Nibroc” by the following teaser: “In December 1940, an East-bound cross-country train carries the bodies of the great American writers Nathanael West and F. Scott Fitzgerald.”

As it turns out, those two writers, who died within a day of each other in Los Angeles, in late Dec. 1940, are traveling in their coffins, headed for burial in New York (West) and Maryland (Fitzgerald). And Hutton’s play is far more concerned with the destiny of two “unknowns” – May (Amanda Drinkall), and Raleigh (Mike Tepeli) – who are very much living, and breathing young travelers. They also just happen to be headed East from California on the same train.


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