Come Back, Little Sheba
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Come Back, Little Sheba
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Come Back, Little Sheba NYC Reviews and Tickets

79%
(83 Reviews)
Positive
90%
Mixed
7%
Negative
3%
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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.

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706 Reviews | 214 Followers
95
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. Read more

692 Reviews | 152 Followers
80
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

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506 Reviews | 1002 Followers
90
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.) Read more

481 Reviews | 315 Followers
80
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. Read more

385 Reviews | 72 Followers
68
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. Read more

348 Reviews | 69 Followers
77
Great acting

See it if you like William Inge.

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

334 Reviews | 70 Followers
88
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. Read more

332 Reviews | 43 Followers
86
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. Read more

Critic Reviews (19)

The New York Times
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 together because Mr. Cummings and his cast are in sync with Inge’s sensibility, aware as he was that understatement is powerful."
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Time Out New York
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 seriously miscast...Inge does not hold back on the psychosexual subtext—naughty territory for the time period, but heavy-handed today."
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The Wall Street Journal
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 strong enough not to need to hide behind the production. Mr. Cummings’s cast delivers the goods...In the end, though, Mr. Cummings is the hero of the piece."
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Theatermania
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 price of admission...Cummings can't prevent the plots from veering toward the melodramatic at times, but their power for us today is that they open windows into a past that we often forget existed."
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BroadwayWorld
April 11th, 2017

“Transport Group's superb mounting of both of these plays in repertory is staged by director Jack Cummings III in an intimate environment that allows natural performances and gentle nuances…The lengthy playing space allows for scenes on one side to be countered by silent actions on the other...With riveting simplicity and realism, Heather Mac Rae gives a heartbreaking performance...The finely acted pair offer beautifully subtle glimpses of human longings.”
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Lighting & Sound America
April 10th, 2017

""If these productions don't convince you that Inge is one of our finest playwrights, nothing will...If 'Come Back, Little Sheba' is a little less successful, it's not entirely the company's fault...'Come Back, Little Sheba' is tricky to stage, especially the first act...In addition, the performances don't quite rise to the level of 'Picnic'...Still, Kolinski catches the turmoil raging under the surface of Doc's character, and he and Mac Rae get full value out of the brutal Act II encounter."
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TheaterScene.net
April 1st, 2017

"Despite heavy-handed direction, these revivals of two well-known, insightful and meticulously written works succeed...The play and the actors transcend Mr. Cummings’ intrusive direction...Ms. Mac Rae’s personality shines through, and ultimately it’s a moving performance that holds interest...Mr. Kolinski gives a knockout performance that skillfully alternates between sunny, sullen and roaring...Despite its presentational excesses, this production affirms the play’s power."
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Theatre is Easy
April 5th, 2017

"As long as people experience emotions of loneliness and regret, these dramas will still be relevant, as Transport Group's William Inge in Rep proves...Some refer to Inge's plays as dated, but I've never found that. The symbolism and parallels between the older and younger characters can be a little heavy-handed, but there is so much truth that still resonates. Cummings has placed both plays in an intimate setting, which makes the sadness even more palpable."
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