Playwright William Inge’s classic drama “Come Back, Little Sheba” — with its themes of loss and loneliness, alcoholism, and sexuality — has had multiple adaptations and revivals since the play premiered in 1950. Now, the Theatre Workshop of Owensboro is staging the play two weekends this month.
The story follows Midwest couple Doc and Lola, a childless couple due to a long-ago miscarriage, as they must face the disappointments of their past and learn to embrace the present. Doc turned to alcohol, and Lola to bittersweet memory. Their many losses and regrets are symbolized in the disappearance of their little dog Sheba.
Local actress Ashley Greer plays Lola, with Alex Nantz as her husband Doc. Calli Whitmore appears as Marie, a lively young college student who rents a spare room in the couple’s small-town home. The presence of Marie among their quiet desperation stirs up long suppressed emotions; some pleasant and hopeful, some dark and dangerous.
With its mature themes and storyline, the play is not recommended for children.
The performances will be April 14, 15, 21, 22 at 7:30 p.m.; with Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. on April 16 and 23. All performances will be at The Empress Theatre at 418 Frederica Street.
Tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for students. There will be a $2 surcharge added to all tickets purchased at the door. Tickets are available via the TWO Box Office at 270-683-5333 or online at theatreworkshop.org.
This performance is sponsored by River Valley Behavioral Health, while TWO’s 2022-2023 season sponsor is Owensboro Health.