Brendan Fraser Play Closing After One Week

12:45 PM PST 11/25/2010 by Sofia M. Fernandez

The Brendan Fraser comedy Elling is ending its Broadway run after just a week of performances -- one of the shortest stints for a play on the Great White Way in recent years.

A spokesperson for the play told Playbill that the production's final curtain will fall after this Sunday's matinee at New York's Ethel Barrymore Theatre.

Elling officially opened on Nov. 21 and played just 22 previews and nine regular performances, notes Playbill.

The work received mostly tepid reviews, including one from The Hollywood Reporter theater critic David Rooney, who wrote that "the delicate charms of Peter Naess' 2001 Norwegian screen comedy are more often coarsened and diluted in this strident stage adaptation."

Elling stars Fraser and True Blood's Denis O'Hare as recently released mental patients reintegrating into society.

The production was scheduled to run through March 20.

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