The Last Night of Ballyhoo is a two act play written by Alfred Uhry. The play takes place in December of 1939 in Atlanta Georga. Hitler is invading Poland, Gone with the Wind is making its debut and Adolph Freitag and his family's only concern is Ballyhoo, a lavish ball for southern Jewish socialities. When Adolph brings home Joe (his new, very eligible assistant) home to dinner, the romatic scheming and resulting hilarity ensues.
Alfred Uhry's "The LastNight of Ballyhoo" was a surprising charmer on Broadway a couple of years ago, as well as (for a nonmusical) a modest success at the box office.
At heart, "Ballyhoo" is a traditional family comedy, in which the older generation (Adolph Freitag, his sister Boo and sister-in-law Reba) worries about the future of the younger (cousins Lala and Sunny).
The focal event is Ballyhoo, a series of parties held in Atlanta at Christmas time for well-to-do Southern Jewish society, culminating on the lastnight in a big ball that functions also as marriage market and societal marker.
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