Already closed | 2h 20m | West Village

Come Back, Little Sheba

From 83 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Great writing, Intense, Thought-provoking

About the show

Transport Group revives William Inge's first play, which explores the inevitable disappointment of the ever-seductive American Dream through sex, joy, doubt, addiction, and rage. More…

In an old and cluttered house in the Midwest, a middle-aged couple lives one day to the next: Lola, breathless with fear of silence and solitude, and Doc, a recovering alcoholic. Into their lives comes Marie, so flush with the riches of youth that they can no longer deny how they misspent their own. Their fragile acceptance of their stifling reality is suddenly and brutally tested as Inge mercilessly exposes the pain and regret of the past that's unmasked by Marie's mere presence. 'Come Back, Little Sheba' is performed in rotating repertory with Inge's 'Picnic.'

2h 20m | Already closed | The Gym at Judson (West Village)

Member Reviews (83)


Great acting, Absorbing, Great writing, Intense, Thought-provoking
Avg Score

Intense, Thought-provoking, Masterful, Profound, Exquisite

See it if Tremendous writing and acting, about a late middle aged couple struggling with their lost youth. Emphasis on the bygone sexuality.

Don't see it if While some of the 1950's gender roles and sexual mores are dated, the deeper themes are eternal.

Also I saw both Picnic and Sheba in the same day and loved them both. Picni... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Entertaining, Great staging, Resonant

See it if Transport Group is fantastic re: staging of shows. The cast is great.We have not seen a production in more than 20 years, Inge is a fav.

Don't see it if you only need new works. You must be ready to "sit in the laps" of the actors" Only disappointment was seeing David Greenspan for (cont.)

Also one scene as he gears up for his marathon performance in the summer at... Read more Read less

Great acting, Thought-provoking, Dated, Refreshing, Absorbing

See it if you are a fan of Inge, are curious how this production differs from the film or other versions, want to see the play through modern eyes

Don't see it if you're not a fan of Inge or 50's drama, expect more action or don't like an immersive set that puts actors right next to you

Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Intense

See it if You want to see a classic play done very effectively. The audience is incredibly close to the action. I loved the set for this.

Don't see it if You want to see a fun short play. This is serious and long. No laughs in this one.

Also Seating is unreserved so get to the theater early if you want the best... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Slow

See it if You want to support Transport Group.

Don't see it if You have trouble with staging in long rectangle with seats on all sides. Hard to hear opposite end if you sit at either end.

Also They are doing Sheba in rep with Picnic. If only seeing one, see Picni... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Delightful

See it if You want to see great acting. You want to see a housewife that longs for more. You want to see a husband battling issues.

Don't see it if You don't like up close and personal performances. You don't want to be entertained. You are not interested in a play from 60+ years ago.

Also I saw most of this cast in Picnic and I enjoyed that performance as we... Read more Read less

Heart-wrenching, Dated, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you want to understand the mores of the Cold War era and be able to question the values we've lost since then. The acting was superb.

Don't see it if you don't have patience for a non-90-minute play that takes its time to tell a poignant story. You don't care about the 1950s.

Also The two Inge plays back to back were marvelous--I was not bored for a ... Read more Read less

Great acting, Intimate space, A throwback to another era, Odd wooden barriers caused some bad sightlines

See it if If you like period pieces, very well acted and directed simply.

Don't see it if You're in the mood to laugh.

Also Inge's play has heaps going on under the surface, and a lot of the und... Read more Read less

Great acting

See it if you like William Inge.

Don't see it if you need a proscenium and a comfy chair.

Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy good, down-home dramas about the lives of ordinary folks just hanging out there trying to live their lives. That simple. Well done

Don't see it if If want to see a show that makes you laugh and dazzles your eyes. Not here. Life is not satisfying, at all. No way out.

Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Intense

See it if you're interested in serious drama; you like the idea of sitting close to the action; you liked the movie

Don't see it if you want a light or humorous storyline

Also I've never seen this on stage and I think this production was wonderfu... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Masterful, Resonant

See it if classic american plays about regret and societal expectations

Don't see it if light entertainment

Masterful, Powerful, Intense, Great acting

See it if a moving & professional revival of a classic American play. DO NOT MISS IT!

Don't see it if you don't want to think or feel or be moved. Or want to see HAMILTON.

Classic, Intense, Profound, Powerful, Great staging

See it if you've forgotten how emotionally fraught William Inge's brand of kitchen-sink realism can be... even here in his first play!

Don't see it if intense performances literally within arms' reach violates your sense of personal space.

Dated, Absorbing, Great writing, Intense, Masterful

See it if you want to go back in time and explore the 50's with a cast of fine actors

Don't see it if you don't want to sit on those uncomfortable chairs at The Gym at Judson.

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see an excellent production of a classic play

Don't see it if You are seeking a light play

Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking

See it if You are a completist when it comes to mid 20th century drama and like intimate productions.

Don't see it if You find turgid melodramatic slice of life plays irritating.

Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see very good performances. Enjoy spare, well staged shows. Like serious work that explores passage of time's effect on self.

Don't see it if You don't like sort of dark theme personal exploration stories. You aren't a fan of the Inge style.

Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining, Dated

See it if you want to see a well acted drama about a couple on the edge. It might seem over the top and dated. Still a classic and worth seeing

Don't see it if You just can't stand plays about an abusive and alcoholic husband

Also I liked "Picnic" better if you have to choose between the two plays. T... Read more Read less

Thought-provoking, Great writing

See it if You would appreciate a good staging of an old classic. You like to analyze characters to understand the climax of the play.

Don't see it if You don't care for dated shows [1950's] or you find dramas about disillusioned older people depressing.

Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy very good acting with unusual sets

Don't see it if don't like the story or location of the theater

Great staging, Thought-provoking, Brave

See it if you want to feel the intimacy of this play, sitting as if in the living room.

Don't see it if dark, hidden subject matter from other times will not impact you, simply because they are more talked about in present times.

Great writing, Absorbing, Great acting

See it if You love good plays.

Don't see it if You don't like smaller productions.

Great acting, Entertaining

See it if Good acting

Don't see it if you don't like subject matter regarding alcoholism.

Absorbing, Great acting, Epic, Great writing, Intense

See it if you've never seen this show before and you want a really beautiful example of this classic play.

Don't see it if you can't handle a drama.

March 30th, 2017
"The shows depict lives in turmoil with deceptive simplicity — an elusive quality that the Transport Group captures...Inge's work burst with generous humanity and possessed a sure grasp on the power of intimacy — something these productions skillfully bring to the fore...The productions work well...
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March 29th, 2017
"Lola has a lot going on under the surface, as she navigates the thin ice that is spousal sobriety. It takes a tedious two hours, however, for the playwright and performers to delve to that level...Mac Rae never convinces as a fully rounded, credible character—partly because Mac Rae, at 70, is se...
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March 30th, 2017
"These revivals, staged by Jack Cummings III and acted by a first-class ensemble cast, will leave you in no doubt that Inge was one of America’s half-dozen greatest playwrights...Simplicity and intimacy are the keys to these stagings...This kind of bare-bones staging works only if the actors are ...
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March 26th, 2017
"Two excellent productions featuring a terrific cast that blows the dust off these somewhat dated classics...Jack Cummings III directs these plays with loving detail...Inge's depiction of women is decidedly of its time...But then there's Elless...Elless' performances are, by themselves, worth the...
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