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The Last Night of Ballyhoo

by Alfred Uhry

Funny and poignant, this play represents a quirky group of Jewish individuals living in America during the "calm before the storm" of 1939. There are a few foreboding mentions of Hitler throughout, but most of the story focuses on the personal rather than the political. I enjoyed this portrait of a southern family - especially Peachy's sarcasm and Reba's oddball sense of humor. The family relationships were powerful, none of them simple, and the southern setting brought a quaintness to the events of the play. Reminder to self to read Uhry's Driving Miss Daisy.

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