“The Last Night of Ballyhoo”– April 2011

Review: Hip Hooray and Ballyhoo by Mary Lois

See photos from opening night by John Crittenden.

Friday, April 8 & Saturday, April 9, 2011 @ 8PM
Sunday, April 10
@ 3PM
Friday, April 15 & Saturday, April 16, 2011 @ 8PM

The award-winning Hudson Theatre Ensemble presents “The Last Night of Ballyhoo,” the wildly popular, humorous, and poignant examination of Southern Jewish culture that won the Tony Award for Best Play by Alfred Uhry  (winner of the Pulitzer Prize for his hugely successful  “Driving Miss Daisy”). 

The year is 1939 and the place is Atlanta, where the film “Gone with the Wind” is having its premiere, while Hitler has begun his rampages in Europe.  The well-to-do Freitag and Levy families are part of an ingrained culture so assimilated they barely know what being Jewish is, other than to chafe at the bigotry of the gentiles who keep them from mixing in the South’s highest society. So they create their own, the annual Ballyhoo cotillion at their exclusive country club in turn manifesting their own anti-Semitism because they have found a group against which they themselves can discriminate  - "the other kind" - a code phrase meaning Jews of Eastern European extraction, more recently arrived, more religious, and more obviously ethnic.  But when a handsome stranger from Brooklyn, New York arrives, comic drama, sweet romance and unexpected turns lie just around the corner. So to learn a little about the nature of prejudice and the power of love to conquer it, get thee to this heartwarming, yet stirring and intelligent romantic-comedy-drama.  “The Last Night of Ballyhoo” proves that a play can cause us to think and explore profound themes while also making us laugh often and laugh heartily. 

Location & Directions:
Hudson School Performance Space
601 Park Avenue (6th & Park) Hoboken, NJ 07030
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CAST: Mark Bogdanos, Anneli Curnock,  D. A. Gravel,  Lauren Hayden, Florence Pape, Ross Weinberg, Steve Yates

Production Staff:

Producer/Artistic Director:  Diana London
Director of Development/Publicity:  Florence Pape
Technical Director:  Justin McCormick
Production Manager:  Donna Gearhardt Healey
Stage Manager:  Alison J. Graeffe
Production Assistants:  Sharon Gamboa, Toava Ferdinand
Sound & Light Technician:  Alison J. Graeffe
Graphics/Webmaster:  Susan Newman Design, Inc.
Photographer:  John Crittenden/Show Me Your Faces
House Manager:  Alan Welner
Assistant House Manager:  Peg Finnerty
Videographer:  Fred Pflantzer
Printing:  The Office





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