Set in the 1950s, COME BACK LITTLE SHEBA takes place in the cramped Midwestern home of The Delaneys. Doc Delaney met Lola when she was a pretty teen coquette and he was a promising medical student. Passions reached the point of no return and the strict mores of the time dictated marriage. Doc was forced to quit med school and become a chiropractor. In a sad twist of fate, Lola lost their baby.
Now overweight and slovenly, Lola is housebound and stilted, living in the past. Doc, plagued by what might have been, is a recovering alcoholic, maintaining a precarious sobriety by avoiding the past. Their tenuous existence is disrupted by Marie, a lustful young college student who boards with them.
Lola has always engaged in mild flirtations with the milkman and mailman and she sees in Marie herself at that age. Lola encourages her boarders pursuit of several suitorsthe BMOC of the college, muscle-bound Turk, as well as wealthy businessman, Bruce.
For Doc, Marie represents the youth and opportunity he sacrificed, and his eventual realization that she is not as pure and perfect as he imagined sends him back to the bottle and a slow descent into unbridled rage.
The title of the play refers to the Delaneys missing dog. Little Sheba represents Lolas unwillingness to live in the present and deal with what life has become for the couple.
The production is slated to open March 6, 2014 and run through March 30.
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