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Second Stage presents:

Erma Bombeck: At Wit's End

October 4-8, 2023
Alabama Power Recital Hall at SSCC

by Margaret Engel and Allison Engel

Directed by Tina Turley

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Erma Bombeck captured the frustrations of her generation by asking, “If life is a bowl of cherries, what am I doing in the pits?” Discover the story behind this beloved humorist who championed women’s lives with wit that sprang from the most unexpected place – the truth.

Performance & Tickets


Tickets are available now.

  • Wednesday, October 4 - 7:30 p.m.

  • Thursday, October 5 - 7:30 p.m.

  • Friday, October 6 - 7:30 p.m.

  • Saturday, October 7 - 7:30 p.m.

  • Sunday, October 8 - 2:00 p.m.

Characters/Roles Available


Erma – Carol DeVelice*

* Member of the Theatre Tuscaloosa - T. Earle Johnson "All Star Cast"

Production Credits

Production Credits

Playwrights - Margaret Engel and Allison Engel

Director -Tina Turley


Stage Manager  - Ebony Wesley


Scenic Design


Costume Design - Jeanette Waterman


Lighting Design -


Sound Design - Charles Prosser

Social Media Graphic Design - Katy Williams


Hair & Makeup Design - Ava Buchanon

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the running time of the production?

    • TBD (estimate - about an hour)

  • Will there be an intermission?

    • No

  • Should I bring the kids?

    • This show is appropriate for ages 13 and older.

  • What themes are explored in the play? 

    • Motherhood, pride, identity, feminism, and societal roles are all explored in Erma Bombeck: At Wits End

  • Does the play’s text contain offensive language?

    • No. 

  • Does the play contain violence?

    • No. 

  • Does the play contain the use of alcohol, tobacco, or drugs?

    • No. 

  • Does the play contain nudity or other adult situations? 


Performance & Tickets
Production Credits
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