By Debbie Kagy
The Eclectic Theatre Company presents Last Train to Nibroc, a two person play that takes an engaging look into the budding romance of its lead characters.
In 1940, Raleigh (Frank Krueger) and May (Rebecca Lane) have a chance meeting aboard the Last Train to Nibroc, one heading home, the other heading to New York. May is deeply religious and determined in her path to be a missionary, while Raleigh is a cheerful aspiring writer. As different as can be, the characters grow fond of each other and over the course of a few years, fall in love.
Frank Krueger does a charmingly witty portrayal of Raleigh opposite Rebecca Lane’s proper, yet adorable May. The pair works well together to create a seamless reality of ups and downs that draws the viewer in.
Wonderfully directed by Kerr Seth Lordygan, not a moment appears untouched while seemingly feeling natural. From the moment the characters appear on stage, moving with the train, they allow the audience to become a part of their world.
Lordygan is helped along by an excellent creative team. Ryan Siebrasse created a delightfully creative set that easily allows the characters to change locations while not overloading it with unnecessary pieces. The consistent sound design, by Timothy Sprague, and Yancey Dunham’s artistic lighting again adds to the environment of each meeting of the couple.
Beautifully written by Arlen Hutton, Last Train to Nibroc combines witty banter with the roller coaster of romance, to leave the audience feeling light hearted and fulfilled.
Last Train to Nibroc plays Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 7pm as well as Thursday April 19 at 8pm. The theater will be dark on April 28. The Eclectic Company Theatre is located at 5312 Laurel Canyon Blvd, Valley Village, CA 91607. Tickets are $18, and students and seniors are $15. April 19 and 29 are Pay What You Can. For reservations call (818)508-3003 or visit www.eclecticcompanytheatre.org.