Stagecrafters presents ‘Come Back, Little Sheba’

Nancy Bennett as Lola and Rusty Flounders as Doc in “Come Back, Little Sheba” at StageCrafters. Photo by Sara Stewart

The third production of the 2017-2018 season at The Stagecrafters, William Inge’s classic American masterwork 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.
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.
Production performance dates are February 9-25:   Thursday, Friday, Saturday @ 8 pm, Sun @ 2 pm.  Tickets are available at $21 online (no service charge), $25 at-door.  (Thursday. & Friday eve performances 2-for-$32 online, 2-for-$35 at-door).  Students with valid ID $15.00, Seniors $22 (at-door, any performance).  Groups of 15 or more are offered a reduced rate of $15.00 a ticket, paid in advance.  The box office opens 45 minutes before each performance.  For information call 215-247-8881; for reservations-direct call 215-247-9913.  The theater is located in the heart of Chestnut Hill at 8130 Germantown Ave.  Visit website for details:  www.thestagecrafters.org.
Special NOTE:  “Meet the Cast and Director” Q & A sessions will be held following the performance on Friday, Feb. 16.  All attendees at that performance are welcome to stay and join in the discussion.