Come Back, Little Sheba

In 1950, when William Inge rocked New York audiences with his first major success, Come Back, Little Sheba, critics thought he’d join the ranks of America’s great playwrights. Inge never got as famous as Tennessee Williams or Arthur Miller, but that doesn’t mean Come Back, Little Sheba, a grand, tender tale of American fragility, desire and heartbreaking regret, isn’t on the same level.

The work, enjoying a revival by Country Playhouse, centers on Lola, a middle-aged woman, and her alcoholic husband. The pair take in a beautiful young boarder who’s filled with all the urges and desires that come with youth. Lola spends her days chattering away in an attempt to forget all she’s lost as she’s grown old, while her husband looks longingly at their young boarder, a sensual representation of his lost vitality. The three inevitably collide. 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. May 1, 7:30 p.m. May 5. Through May 7. 12802 Queensbury. For information, call 713-467-4497 or visit www.countryplayhouse.org. $12 to $20.
Fridays-Sundays; Thu., May 5. Starts: April 22. Continues through May 7, 2011

 
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