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.'
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.
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.)
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.