The Last Night of Ballyhoo
TimeLine Theatre Company
615 W. Wellington Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657
TimeLine Theatre Company
615 W. Wellington Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657
Comedy/Drama
Runs Nov 04Dec 27, 2020

From the Pulitzer Prize, Academy Award and Tony Award-winning playwright Alfred Uhry comes this Tony Award-winning Best Play—a funny and thought-provoking exploration of love, religion, and prejudice within a southern Jewish social circle.

Atlanta, 1939. Clark Gable and Gone with the Wind are the talk of the town, Hitler has invaded Poland, and the American South’s party of the year is only days away. The Freitags— a Jewish family so highly assimilated they have a Christmas tree in the front parlor—are obsessed with preparing for Ballyhoo, the lavish annual German-Jewish country club ball. Concerned with the pressures of societal appearances and expectations, young Lala is determined to make a unique splash at this year’s event. But life turns upside down when her uncle brings home his new employee, a handsome bachelor from Brooklyn who begins to court Lala’s charming cousin Sunny, home visiting from college. As romances blossom and obstacles arise, everyone must confront their own beliefs, prejudices, and desires in an effort to move forward.

Inspired by stories Uhry heard growing up in a southern Jewish family and acclaimed as “an insightful look into an era” and “an engaging family portrait” by The New York Times, The Last Night of Ballyhoo is a captivating drama that reveals the power of personal progress when we discover that who we are can be so much more than just where we are from.

by Alfred Uhry
directed by TimeLine Associate Artist Kimberly Senior

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