The Last Night of Ballyhooby Alfred Uhry
THE LAST NIGHT OF BALLYHOO takes place in Atlanta, Georgia, in December of 1939. is having its world premiere, and Hitler is invading Poland, but Atlanta's elitist German Jews are much more concerned with who is going to Ballyhoo, the social event of the season. Especially concerned is the Freitag family: bachelor Adolph, his widowed sister, Beulah (Boo) Levy, and… See more details below
THE LAST NIGHT OF BALLYHOO takes place in Atlanta, Georgia, in December of 1939. is having its world premiere, and Hitler is invading Poland, but Atlanta's elitist German Jews are much more concerned with who is going to Ballyhoo, the social event of the season. Especially concerned is the Freitag family: bachelor Adolph, his widowed sister, Beulah (Boo) Levy, and their also widowed sister-in-law, Reba. Boo is determined to have her dreamy, unpopular daughter, Lala, attend Ballyhoo, believing it will be Lala's last chance to find a socially acceptable husband. Adolph brings his new assistant, Joe Farkas, home for dinner. Joe is Brooklyn born and bred, and furthermore is of Eastern European heritage�several social rungs below the Freitags, in Beulah's opinion. Lala, however, is charmed by Joe and she hints broadly about being taken to Ballyhoo, but he turns her down. This enrages Boo, and matters get worse when Joe falls for Lala's cousin, Reba's daughter, Sunny, home from Wellesley for Christmas vacation. Will Boo succeed in snaring Peachy Weil, a member of one of the finest Jewish families in the South? Will Sunny and Joe avoid the land mines of prejudice that stand in their way? Will Lala ever get to Ballyhoo? The family gets pulled apart and then mended together with plenty of comedy, romance and revelations along the way. Events take several unexpected turns as the characters face where they come from and are forced to deal with who they really are.
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ALfred Uhry, the author of the Pulitzer prize-winning 'Driving Miss Daisy', has created in his second play (!) a wonderful look at a reformed Jewish family in Atlanta, GA in 1939. Ballyhoo is THE social event for young Jewish people in the South, and the two 'belles' in the Freitag home vie for dates to the big dance on the last night... Meanwhile, The parents argue and fret, Hitler is rising in Europe, 'Gone with the Wind' premieres in Atlanta, and a young Jewish man from Brooklyn finds himself a stanger in a very strange land. The characters are both hilarious and true, and the story artfully weaves them together and apart as they explore religion, social grace, racism, love, family unity and the human need to fit in. 'The Last Night of Ballyhoo' won the Tony Award for Best New Play, and is a stunning work. This reviewer is currently in rehearsal for a production of Ballyhoo--and I couldn't be more thrilled. Read it and weep... and laugh... and shake your head in amazement. And come see it!