COME BACK, LITTLE SHEBA, The Stagecrafters, 02/09/2018-02/25/2018

Show: COME BACK, LITTLE SHEBA
Theater: The Stagecrafters
Theater Website: http://www.thestagecrafters.org
Show runs: 02/09/2018 to 02/25/2018

The third production of the 2017-2018 season at The Stagecrafters, William Inge’s classic masterpiece written in 1949, Come Back, Little Sheba, will open on Friday, February 9, 2018. Its narrative follows a few days in the lives of the Delaneys, Doc and Lola, married to each other for over twenty years, each scarred by loss and disillusionment. Their lusterless and unfulfilled marriage is about to face yet another challenge when the couple takes in Marie, a young college student, as a boarder. As tensions mount amidst the interplay of these three people, one can literally sense the time bomb ticking in the background. This is a sensitive and poignant story rendered in a simple but powerful way previously unknown in American theater. According to one critic, this play, which deals with “… the crushing weight of time lost, … [and] could be about any one of us. …” [www.digboston.com].
William Inge (1913–1973) has to be counted among the great masters of American realism. Among his most highly regarded works are Picnic (1953), which earned him the Pulitzer Prize, Bus Stop (1955), and The Dark at the Top of the Stairs (1957). Come Back Little Sheba (1950) was the first of Inge’s plays to enjoy broad acclaim on the national stage, premiering on Broadway in February of 1950 and running for nearly 200 performances. The cast included Shirley Booth as Lola and Sidney Blackmer as Doc, each of whom took home Tony Awards, for Best Actress and Best Actor, respectively. In a 1952 film adaptation Booth reprised her Broadway role opposite Burt Lancaster, for which she won both the Golden Globe and the Oscar. Come Back, Little Sheba has enjoyed numerous stage revivals over the ensuing sixty-plus years: among others, in 1984 at the Roundabout Theatre Company, with Lola being played by Shirley Knight, and in 2008 at the Manhattan Theatre Club, featuring S. Epatha Merkerson as Lola.

Theater Address: 8130 Germantown Avenue PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania 19118 (Map It)
Theater Phone: (215) 247-8881
Theater Amenities: Wheelchair Accessible, Concessions, Heated/Air Conditioned, Close to public transportation

Price: 15 – 25
Purchase tickets online: http://www.thestagecrafters.org

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Patricia Bradford

Patricia Bradford

Patricia Bradford holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Vocal Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. She has performed, directed and produced theatre throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. Ms. Bradford is founder and Managing Artistic Director of Bare Stage Theatre. Leading STAGE Magazine has become a consuming passion - one which combines her many artistic skills, theatrical contacts, web development and digital marketing abilities. She is thrilled to be carrying on the vision that was begun by Holley Webster over 30 years ago, and leading STAGE to new levels of success.

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