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Come Back, Little Sheba [Kindle Edition]

William Inge
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William Inge's famous story of marital frustration which erupts in violence. Doc and Lola had an indiscreet affair, she became pregnant and, compelled to marry her, he gave up his medical studies, forfeited his future and settled down to a life of quiet desperation with the simple, homey Lola, who lost the child but has remained Doc's steadfast if slatternly wife. Now a chiropractor and recovering alcoholic, Doc's sobriety is tested when Marie, a young college student becomes their boarder bringing new life and long-dormant hostilities to the surface of Doc and Lola's troubled marriage.

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  • File Size: 1283 KB
  • Print Length: 94 pages
  • Publisher: Random House (April 3, 2013)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #783,860 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent character study March 19, 2006
The 50's play, Come back Little Sheba focuses on conflict between a married couple where Lola wishes to recapture her youth of the past while her husband, Doc, doesn't want to relive the past with its bad memories. It's one of those plays that makes you think about and assess character personalities.

The setting is a semi respectable neighborhood in a Midwestern city. Lola, 40, is now frumpy, sloppy, depressed, lonely and, at times annoying and clingy to anyone. Doc, on the other hand is neat and an alcoholic who quit drinking over a year. They have a boarder in their small, Marie, a college student who is popular, attractive, vibrant, and in love - all the things Lola wishes to recapture.

Little Sheba is the pet dog who vanished into thin air, and Lola uses this metaphor as it reflects her own life, as the youthful Lola has too, vanished. Doc doesn't want to live in the past. The past was hard drunken times and he didn't become a "big M.D", but only a chiropractor. He lost previous investments and, he had to marry Lola but the baby died.

The boarder, Marie, is symbolic of Lola's youth, especially with being in love as Marie dates a young man Turk, but she will soon marry Bruce. Doc sees Marie as the daughter he never had as he becomes obsessed and seemingly overprotective in his thoughts about Marie's boyfriend. Thus, it leads him to the liquor that was in the cupboard for a year.

This is far better than anything Hollywood can capture on film. To see the original play acted out would be good, but the Shirley Booth movie doesn't allow one to steep into the characters. Playwright William Inge also wrote the 50's play, Picnic. .....Read the Play......Rizzo
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bleak Portrait of Lost Youth and Lost Opportunities September 1, 2013
Debuting in 1950, William Inge's COME BACK, LITTLE SHEBA became one of the theatrical touchstones of that decade, an unexpected bleak portrait of disillusionment and sexual frustration in middle America. The play requires a single set and requires eight men and three women. The play is performed in two acts.

The title COME BACK, LITTLE SHEBA, refers to a dog, which has been missing for some time when the play begins. As the play progresses, Sheba becomes a metaphor for lost youth and missed opportunities. The play concerns an aging married couple, Doc Delaney and his wife Lola. During his college years Doc became sexually involved with Lola; when she became pregnant he gave up his studies to become a doctor, married her, and became a chiropractor. But Lola lost the baby and could not have others, and twenty years later Doc is a recovering alcoholic and Lola is a trivial slattern. The couple rent a room to college student Marie; Doc both fantasizes about her and idolizes her, but when he discovers that Marie is involved with a studly but superficial young man, Doc explodes into an alcohol-fueled rage. The resulting explosion between Doc and Lola leaves both with the realization that they are who they are, and there is no going back.

This was Inge's first play, and the structure is a little clunky. Inge would produce significantly smoother works with PICNIC and BUS STOP, but whatever the merits of his individual plays, he is very much one of the great voices of the 1950s American theatre, in the same league with Arthur Miller and Tennessee Williams. Recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Come Back Little Sheba Still Powerful August 23, 2013
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I have to direct this play and while it is not a favorite, it is a classic of the American Theatre. I so appreciate the fact that I can order a production copy (with set diagram, properties list and costume plot, along with the text itself. Invaluable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very quick & very inexpensive June 11, 2009
"Little Sheba" arrived in a couple of days, and was just as advertised.
I wanted a copy that was used by actors in a production, and got it for practically nothing.
The seller seems very conscientious. I would not hesitate to buy from him again.
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