Sunday, June 24, 2007
Saw an excellent production of "Come Back, Little Sheba" at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City last night.
Best known as a 1952 movie starring Burt Lancaster and Shirley Booth (in a performance that earned her an Oscar) this production stars S. Epatha Merkerson, of TV's "Law and Order," in a touching portrayal of Lola -- a middle-aged woman trapped in an airless marriage wondering where her youth has gone.
Her lost doggy, Little Sheba, becomes a metaphor for her glory days gone by and throughout the show she returns to porch to call out, hauntingly, "come back, little Sheba."
What starts out as a light-hearted look at middle America takes a dark and sudden turn in the Second Act when Lola's husband, sober for a year, falls off the wagon.
Impressive acting turns by every single member of the cast.
Celebrity Sighting: Saw Lance Bass at the 7-11 near where I live tonight. He was buying potato chips. You'll have to read his blog to find out what I was buying.