After a successful workshop staging, the Sherman Playhouse is presenting Lanford Wilson's "Talley's Folly" as a mainstage production starting Friday, May 8.

"I've always wanted to do it. ... I think it's one of the best romantic comedies ever done for the stage," director Robin Frome said of the two-character piece that earned Wilson the 1980 Pulitzer Prize.

The play follows the last ditch attempt by outsider Matt Friedman to win over his sweetheart Sally Talley in the old boathouse on the Talley family's Missouri farm. It's the second play in a trilogy about the Talleys that includes "Talley and Son" and "Fifth of July."

"It has been an amazing acting and directing experience," Frome said of the rehearsals for the play. "You can dig really deep in it and build on the chemistry of the actors.

"I enjoy the character of Matt because he is an entertainer -- he has to do that to get her to stay when she's grown cool to his tactics. He also shares his challenge with the audience when he says he has 97 minutes to do this," Frome said of the one-act play's running time.

Sherman Playhouse, 5 Route 39. Friday, May 8-Sunday, May 17. $22. 860-354-3622, shermanplayers.org.