Last Night of Ballyhoo on stage

Lone Star College-CyFair’s fall production of “The Last Night of Ballyhoo” is a hilarious, poignant and endearing play for all ages.

Playwright Alfred Uhry not only won a best play Tony for “The Last Night of Ballyhoo,” but he also won a Pulitzer Prize and an Oscar for “Driving Miss Daisy.” 

Set in Atlanta, Georgia in December 1939 when “Gone With the Wind” is having its world premiere, Hitler is invading Poland, and WWII is nigh, Atlanta’s elitist German Jews are more concerned with who is going to Ballyhoo, the social event of the holiday season. Especially concerned is the Freitag family: bachelor Adolph, his widowed sister, Beulah (Boo) Levy, and their also widowed sister-in-law, Reba.  Will Boo succeed in snaring a husband, a member of one of the finest Jewish families in the South, for her daughter Lala? Will Sunny, Lala’s cousin, and Joe, Adolph’s assistant, avoid the mass of prejudice that stand in their way?  Will Lala ever get to Ballyhoo? 

Ron Jones directs this charming and bittersweet romantic play in which the Freitag family is pulled apart, only to be mended again with plenty of comedy, romance and revelations along the way. Among the cast members are guest artists Claire Hart-Palumbo, Randy Polk and Rebecca Tindel-Bivens. The cast also includes LSC-CyFair students Andy Crum, Alexandra Gates, Matt Schulte and Jenna Simmons.

Performances, set for 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3p.m. Sunday, will be held in the Main Stage Theatre, located in the Center for the Arts building on the Barker Cypress campus at 9191 Barker Cypress.

Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $5 for students w/ID. Group rates are available.

For information, call 281-290-5201 or go to CyFair.LoneStar.edu/boxoffice.