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The Last Night of Ballyhoo in Broadway THE LAST NIGHT OF BALLYHOO
Straz Center for the Performing Arts - Shimberg Playhouse
WINNER: 1997 Tony Award and Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Play. Atlanta, Georgia, December 1939. Gone with the Wind is about to premiere on the big screen and Hitler is marching on Poland. Adolph Freitag, his sister Boo, and nieces Lala and Sunny -- a Jewish family so highly assimilated they have a Christmas tree in the front parlor -- are obsessed with preparing for Ballyhoo, a lavish cotillion ball sponsored by their elite country club. Adolph's employee Joe Farkas is an eligible bachelor and an Eastern European Jew down from Brooklyn, familiar with prejudice but unable to fathom its existence within his own religious community. His presence prompts college student Sunny to examine intra-ethnic bias, her Jewish identity (or lack thereof), and the beliefs with which she's been raised. The family gets pulled apart and mended back together with plenty of comedy, romance, and unexpected revelations along the way.
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