"David Cromer grabs Inge's portrait of marriage by the scruff of its neck and leaves a riveting, must-see production."Chicago Tribune
"An absorbing, sometimes wrenching production. Cromer's speciality is to force us to take a second look at venerable dramas we think we know, and Sheba proves well worth that second look."— The Boston Globe
"Unforgettably moving!"— South Shore Critic

"This production is beautifully realized, both merciless and sympatheic. Steaming with feeling."

— WBUR

 


When Doc and Lola Delaney rent a room in their cluttered Midwestern home to Marie, a vivacious college student, her youthful energy stirs up forgotten dreams and missed opportunities. Visionary director David Cromer, the creative force behind the Huntington's acclaimed production of Our Town, returns to the Roberts Studio Theatre for this intimate and heartrending portrait of a marriage.

Approximate run time: 2 hours, 5 minutes with one 10-minute intermission

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"David Cromer's magnificent production of Our Town transported us into a familiar work with shockingly poignant intimacy, and I know that is what he'll bring to this new production."— Peter DuBois

 

"I'm excited to share this play with my friends at the Huntington. Time only moves forward; which is an inevitable tragedy because it carries us away from our youth, our joys, and people we loved. But it's also a mercy because it promises some future redemption for our mistakes. Hope is a hard-won thing. Inge explores these huge ideas so delicately in Come Back, Little Sheba."— David Cromer



Video

  • What audiences are saying about Come Back, Little Sheba

    "Beautifully done!" "Times change, but [Come Back, Little Sheba] shows we're still dealing with a lot of the same issues." Hear what audiences are saying about the intimate American classic Come Back, Little Sheba at the Huntington, and get a sneak peek at the show.

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  • A moment at home with Doc and Lola

    When Doc and Lola Delaney rent a room in their cluttered Midwestern home to Marie, a vivacious college student, her youthful energy stirs up forgotten dreams and missed opportunities. Visionary director David Cromer (Our Town) returns to the Roberts Studio Theatre for this intimate and heartrending portrait of a marriage by William Inge.

    In this scene, Doc (Derek Hasenstab) and Lola (Adrianne Krstansky) share a moment in their kitchen to lament the loss of their dog, Sheba.

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  • Go behind the scenes of Come Back, Little Sheba

    When Doc and Lola Delaney rent a room in their cluttered Midwestern home to Marie, a vivacious college student, her youthful energy stirs up forgotten dreams and missed opportunities. Visionary director David Cromer (Our Town) returns to the Roberts Studio Theatre for this intimate and heartrending portrait of a marriage by William Inge.

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  • Peter DuBois on Come Back, Little Sheba

    Artistic Director Peter DuBois discusses the return of visionary director David Cromer (Our Town) to the Huntington, and his intimate re-imagining of Inge's classic play.

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Articles

  • Boston Globe: In the Huntington’s ‘Sheba,’ loneliness is etched in the details

    Director David Cromer suffered from insomnia when he was a teenager growing up in Chicago, and he filled his sleepless hours with late-night television. That’s when he first saw the 1952 film version of William Inge’s play, “Come Back, Little Sheba.” He was fascinated by an early scene in which the character Lola putters around the house and desperately tries to find someone to talk to — be it the mailman, the milkman, or the mother of seven who lives next door.

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  • Playbill Archives: Come Back, Little Sheba - 1950

    Take a look at the original Playbill from 1950.  Shirley Booth and Sidney Blackmer won the Tony Awards for Best Performance by a Leading Actress and Actor in a Play, respectively.

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  • The Writing of Come Back, Little Sheba

    When William Inge began writing Come Back, Little Sheba in the summer of 1948, he was thirty five years old. Six foot tall, blond haired, blue eyed, he was working as a largely anonymous professor at Washington University in St. Louis with dreams of becoming a successful playwright. The spark of that desire came three years earlier after a chance encounter with another then unknown playwright, Tennessee Williams. Inge interviewed Williams for a local Missouri paper, and after seeing Williams’ initial production of The Glass Menagerie in Chicago months later, Inge went home and quickly wrote the play Farther Off From Heaven.

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Press Reviews

"David Cromer grabs Inge's portrait of marriage by the scruff of its neck and leaves a riveting, must-see production."— Chicago Tribune
"An absorbing, sometimes wrenching production. Cromer's speciality is to force us to take a second look at venerable dramas we think we know, and Sheba proves well worth that second look."— The Boston Globe
"Unforgettably moving!" — South Shore Critic
"This production is beautifully realized, both merciless and sympatheic. Steaming with feeling." — WBUR
"A truly extraordinary production! Adrianne Krstansky is phenomenal." — WGBH
"Adrianne Krstansky is gifted actress who beautifully communicates yearning humanity." —  The Boston Globe
"Derek Hasenstab consistently demonstrates a mastery of small moments." —  The Boston Globe
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Artists

  • Derek HasenstabDoc
  • Marie PolizzanoMarie
  • Adrianne KrstanskyLola
  • Max CarpenterTurk
  • Adam ZahlerPostman
  • Maureen KeillerMrs. Kaufman
  • Michael H.J. Knowlton Milkman
  • Nael NacerBruce/Messenger
  • Christopher TarjanEd
  • Jeremy BrowneElmo
  • William IngePlaywright
  • David CromerDirector
  • Stephen DobayScenic Design
  • Sarah LauxCostume Design
  • Mike DurstLighting Design
  • Jonathan MastroSound Design
  • Alaine AlldafferCasting
  • Kevin SchlagleProduction Stage Manager
  • Jess WolfDeck Supervisor

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