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The Last Night of Ballyhoo

Presented by: Jewish Theatre of Bloomington

Where: Waldron Arts Center Firebay

General Admission: $20.00


No showtimes available.


The Jewish Theatre of Bloomington is proud to present The Last Night of Ballyhoo, running December 2-10 at the Ivy Tech Waldron’s Rose Firebay. In The Last Night of Ballyhoo, playwright Alfred Uhry deftly explores the lives of assimilated upper-class German Jews living in Atlanta in the late 1930’s. His examination of Jewish assimilation and intra-ethnic prejudice was awarded the 1997 Tony Award for best play.

It is December 1939, Hitler has recently conquered Poland, Gone with the Wind is about to premiere, and the Freitag/Levy families are looking forward to Ballyhoo, a cotillion open to German Jews and closed to Atlanta’s Eastern European Jews.

Uhry, born in 1930’s Atlanta, and knowing the milieu first hand, created an insightful look into the period before knowledge of the Holocaust decreased divisiveness among German and Eastern European Jews. Uhry has interspersed his serious message of assimilation and intra-ethnic divisiveness with sparkling dialogue, many humorous moments and amusing and somewhat eccentric characters.

Patrons purchasing 5 or more tickets at once online can use the code GROUPS for a reduced rate of $18 per ticket. Patrons purchasing by phone or in person also qualify for the group rate.

Doors for this general admission event will open 30 minutes each performance. If not sold out, tickets will be available to purchase at the door by cash or check. Run-time is roughly 2 hours, including a brief intermission.

The Venue

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122 South Walnut Street
Bloomington, Indiana 47404

The Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center houses a unique blend of artists, performers, and educators. At the Ivy Tech Waldron, visitors can see a play, catch a concert, and enjoy multiple art galleries. The venue’s two performance spaces, the Whikehart Auditorium and the Rose Firebay, have both hosted countless events since the center’s doors opened in 1992. Although it’s just as adaptable and well-equipped, the Rose Firebay is a more intimate space than the auditorium upstairs, seating up to 90 people. The Rose Firebay is fully accessible through the Waldron’s Fourth Street entrance. Parking is available across the street in the Fourth Street Garage.


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The Promoter

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The Jewish Theatre of Bloomington is deeply committed to both Judaism and theatre. It is their intent to produce works that arise from or reflect the Jewish experience, but that also focus on universal issues of the human condition that are accessible to a diverse audience. Their aim is to bring together an audience of Jews and non-Jews to explore aspects of Jewish life in a modern world.

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