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Come Back, Little Sheba - Full Length Play, Drama

Come Back, Little Sheba

William Inge

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Full Length Play, Drama

8m, 3f

ISBN: 9780573607127

William Inge burst upon the theatrical scene with this story of marital frustration which erupts in violence. Doc and Lola had an indiscreet affair, she became pregnant and, compelled to marry her, he gave up his medical studies, forfeited his future and settled down to a life of quiet desperation …

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Description

Full Length Play

Drama

Time Period - 1950s

Settings Of Play - An old house in a run-down neighborhood of a Mid-Western city. Late spring.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Interior Set

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

From Broadway

William Inge burst upon the theatrical scene with this story of marital frustration which erupts in violence. Doc and Lola had an indiscreet affair, she became pregnant and, compelled to marry her, he gave up his medical studies, forfeited his future and settled down to a life of quiet desperation with the simple, homey Lola, who lost the child but has remained Doc's steadfast if slatternly wife. Now a chiropractor and recovering alcoholic, Doc's sobriety is tested when Marie, a young college student becomes their boarder bringing new life and long-dormant hostilities to the surface of Doc and Lola's troubled marriage. Shirley Booth won the Tony, NY Drama Critics Award and later the Oscar as Best Actress of The Year for her compelling performance as Lola.
COME BACK, LITTLE SHEBA was first presented at the Booth Theatre in New York City on February 15, 1950. Directed by Daniel Mann.
Characters

CASTING

8m, 3f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

CHORUS SIZE

N/A (Not a musical)

DOC
MARIE
LOLA
TURK
POSTMAN
MRS. COFFMAN
MILKMAN
MESSENGER
BRUCE
ED ANDERSON
ELMO HUSTON
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MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

Author
William Inge

William Inge

William Inge, (born May 3, 1913, Independence, Kan., U.S.—died June 10, 1973, Hollywood Hills, Calif.) was an American playwright best known for his plays Come Back, Little Sheba (1950; filmed 1952); Picnic (1953; filmed 1956), for which he won a Pulitzer Prize; and Bus Stop (1955; filmed 1956). Inge was educated at the University of Kansas at Lawrence and at the George Peabody College for ... view full profile

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James Grissom 4/22/2013 10:24 AM
William Inge believed that the most treacherous battlefield was the home--the "domestic hive," he called it--and this play, first produced in 1950 and a success, allows us to watch Lola walk tentatively among the mines she has planted. Lola has lost her looks and her energy and her dog--the Sheba of the title, but the dog, as Inge has stated, is youth and promise, and no matter how many thighs are patted and no matter how many plaintive calls are uttered, that dog is not coming back. Inge can be confused as a simple playwright--his dialogue is often sparse--but there is a great deal of subtext in his plays, none more than this one. There is rage and contempt beneath these seemingly comfortable exteriors, and they afford actors a great opportunity to showcase their ability to create detailed, layered performances. Most productions of this play have featured a comfortably cluttered set--shabby genteel in style--to indicate the disorder of the household, but productions with spare or entirely bare sets have been particularly powerful. Desires, Inge once stated, never die, but they can't get to the finish line. This is the play that best displays this sentiment.

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