Movie reviews • "Snide Remarks" • general merriment. “Alfred Uhry’s achingly beautiful play THE LAST NIGHT OF BALLYHOO [is] luminous and powerful.

'[1], Sunny Freitag – A junior at a well-to-do liberal arts college (Wellesley College), Sunny is interested in the works of Eugene V. Debs and Upton Sinclair. 212-683-8960

Living with him are his prim sister Boo (Darrie Lawrence) and his sister-in-law Reba (Sherry Skinker), as well as Boo’s daughter Lala (Mandy Fox) and Reba’s daughter Sunny (Michelle Six). But the context in which he couches it can feel very treacly . Described in cast of characters as 'Adolf's sister-in-law, middle 40s. Described in cast of characters as 'Adolf's sister, a few years older. For one thing, all the characters are Jewish. Here the author employs much more direct and conventional means that work more blatantly to elicit laughs and tears. Challenges the family to reassess their ideas of identity and family.

Hitler has recently conquered Poland, Gone with the Wind is about to premiere, and Adolph Freitag (owner of the Dixie Bedding Company), his sister Boo, and sister-in-law Reba, along with nieces Lala and Sunny – a Jewish family so highly assimilated they have a Christmas tree in the front parlor – are looking forward to Ballyhoo, a lavish cotillion ball sponsored by their restrictive country club. Described in cast of characters as 'Reba's daughter, 20s. Known for his obnoxious behavior and outspokenness. [6] Directed by Ron Lagomarsino, the original cast included Terry Beaver as Adolph, Dana Ivey as Boo, Paul Rudd as Joe, Arija Bareikis as Sunny, Jessica Hecht as Lala, Celia Weston as Aunt Reba, and Stephen Largay as Peachy Weil. The whole family is Jewish by heritage, but keeping one foot in the mainstream of Atlanta society. . For one thing, all the characters are Jewish. The play is a comedy/drama, which is set in Atlanta, Georgia, in December 1939. “Everything falls into place in this…wonderfully crafted script.” —Variety. But “Ballyhoo” is no ordinary Christmas play. Sunny is a smart, pretty college student home for the holidays; Lala is a little ding-headed and goofy, and rather jealous of her cousin. 212-213-1539 Their degree of Jewishness is in fact the central issue of the play. .

Christmas trees are being decorated all across the city including at the home of Adolph Freitag. Described in cast of characters as 'Boo's daughter, 20s. When she does, her skirt flies up, revealing her bloomers. It would last several days, culminating in a big ball, at which everyone was always impeccably dressed. Lala asks Adolph to dance with her, and he does so, reluctantly. '[1], Joe Farkas – Works for Adolph Freitag, and finds an intellectual match in Sunny. Single Jewish people would go there to meet other eligible bachelors and bachelorettes and hopefully find someone to marry. Jordan Matter, appearing as Lala’s Ballyhoo date Peachy Weil, plays the character as an obnoxious moron. "[5], Drama Desk Award for Outstanding New Play, "Plays Commissioned for Olympics Are Going the Distance", "Uhry Prepares Ballyhoo for Atlanta's Olympic Arts Fest", "'Current Cast of 'The Last Night of Ballyhoo'", "PLAYBILL BACKSTAGE by Starla Smith: 'Last Night of Ballyhoo'", "Carole Shelley, Cynthia Nixon Join Ballyhoo Aug. 26", The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=The_Last_Night_of_Ballyhoo&oldid=918259030, Articles with dead external links from June 2018, Articles with permanently dead external links, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, 1997 Tony Award, Best Featured Actor in a Play, Terry Beaver (nominee), 1997 Tony Award, Best Featured Actress in a Play, Dana Ivey (nominee), 1997Tony Award, Best Featured Actress in a Play, Celia Weston (nominee), 1997 Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play, Dana Ivey (winner), 1997 Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play, Celia Weston (nominee), This page was last edited on 27 September 2019, at 19:58.

[7][10], Ben Brantley of the New York Times observed, "Much of the gently barbed, idiosyncratic Southern humor recalls a vintage episode of the television sitcom Designing Women .

That night, Adolph snoozes in his chair and Reba clears the dinner table as Lala models her dress, a, filly ball gown with a big hoop skirt, for the last night of Ballyhoo. Lala fights with her mother over their Jewish identity and her social status. the last night of ballyhoo It’s mid-December 1939 and all Atlanta is atwitter with excitement over the tonight’s gala premiere of Gone With The Wind. Well, they’re all mostly Jewish. The Last Night of Ballyhoo is a play by Alfred Uhry that premiered in 1996 in Atlanta. Fax. The play is a comedy, though never knee-slappingly funny. '[1], Originally a series of vignettes, each featuring a different member family of the city's exclusive Standard Club, Ballyhoo was inspired by the playwright's childhood memories. Adolph is a kind soul, who understands the good impact Joe has on the family. His presence prompts college student Sunny to examine intra-ethnic bias, her Jewish identity (or lack thereof), and the beliefs with which she has been raised. (T. Beaver, D. Ivey, and S. Largay were the only cast members to transfer to Broadway. was a modest masterpiece of obliquely rendered sentimentality and social commentary. The play is a comedy/drama, which is set in Atlanta, Georgia, in December 1939. '[1], Reba Freitag – Sister-in-law to Adolph and Boo. [2][3][4] The Atlanta cast included Terry Beaver as Adolph, Dana Ivey as Boo, Stephen Mailer as Joe, Jessalyn Gilsig as Sunny, Mary Bacon as Lala, Valerie J. Curtin as Aunt Reba, and Stephen Largay as Peachy Weil. Elliott stands out as Adolph, and the matronly Lawrence, with her well-moneyed old lady Southern accent, is splendid as Boo. Last Night Lyrics: I was at the end of the velvet rope / When along came a miracle / You should have seen it / She rose like a phoenix / From the rubble of a nightclub nightmare / Just in time too Like the other characters, Reba is oblivious to what it means to be Jewish.