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The Jewish Theatre of Bloomington
2017 The Last Night of Ballyhoo
By Alfred Uhry
Thursday, December 7, 2017 at 7:30PM
Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center
122 S Walnut St
The Jewish Theatre of Bloomington is proud to present The Last Night of Ballyhoo, running December 2-10 at the Ivy Tech Waldron's Rose Firebay. In The Last Night of Ballyhoo, playwright Alfred Uhry deftly explores the lives of assimilated upper-class German Jews living in Atlanta in the late 1930's. His examination of Jewish assimilation and intra-ethnic prejudice was awarded the 1997 Tony Award for best play.
It is December 1939, Hitler has recently conquered Poland, Gone with the Wind is about to premiere, and the Freitag/Levy families are looking forward to Ballyhoo, a cotillion open to German Jews and closed to Atlanta's Eastern European Jews.
Uhry, born in 1930's Atlanta, and knowing the milieu first hand, created an insightful look into the period before knowledge of the Holocaust decreased divisiveness among German and Eastern European Jews. Uhry has interspersed his serious message of assimilation and intra-ethnic divisiveness with sparkling dialogue, many humorous moments and amusing and somewhat eccentric characters.
Patrons purchasing 5 or more tickets at once online can use the code GROUPS for a reduced rate of $18 per ticket. Patrons purchasing by phone or in person also qualify for the group rate.
Doors for this general admission event will open 30 minutes each performance. If not sold out, tickets will be available to purchase at the door by cash or check. Run-time is roughly 2 hours, including a brief intermission.