April 26 – May 12, 2019
The Last Night of Ballyhoo at Oyster Mill Playhouse
Alfred Uhry’s Tony Award-winning look at anti-Semitism in the South centers on the planning of the Atlanta Jewish community’s annual Ballyhoo ball during the excitement surrounding the premiere of Gone with the Wind. Especially concerned is the Freitag family: bachelor Adolph; his widowed sister, Beulah (Boo) Levy; and their also widowed sister-in-law, Reba. Boo is determined to have her dreamy, unpopular daughter, Lala, attend Ballyhoo, believing it will be Lala’s last chance to find a socially acceptable husband. Adolph brings his new assistant, Joe Farkas, home for dinner. Joe is Brooklyn born and bred, and furthermore is of Eastern European heritage—several social rungs below the Freitags, in Beulah’s opinion. The family gets pulled apart and then mended together with plenty of comedy, romance, and revelations along the way. Events take several unexpected turns as the characters face where they come from and are forced to deal with who they really are.