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September 12, 2014  RSS feed

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Rabbi, scholar, cast to discuss issues raised in ‘Ballyhoo’

Scene from ‘Last Night of Ballyhoo’ at the Shimberg Playhouse Scene from ‘Last Night of Ballyhoo’ at the Shimberg Playhouse A special post-show talkback discussion on the Jewish-themed comedy The Last Night of Ballyhoo will be held after the 4 p.m. performance of play on Sunday, Sept. 21 at the Straz Center’s Shimberg Playhouse.

Rabbi Mendy Dubrowski of Chabad of South Tampa and University of South Florida communication scholar Jacob Abraham will join members of the cast and crew after the show for a talkback on the production, its themes, and how it relates to the world today.

The Tampa JCC & Federation has partnered with the Jobsite theater company to bring The Last Night of Ballyhoo to the Straz. The play is running now through Sept. 28.

The Last Night of Ballyhoo, written by playwright Alfred Uhry, was commissioned for the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. It was subsequently produced on Broadway, where it won the 1997 Tony Award for Best Play.

The play takes place in Atlanta during December 1939. Gone with the Wind is about to premiere on the big screen and Hitler is marching on Poland. The Freitag family – Jews so highly assimilated they have a Christmas tree in the front parlor – are obsessed with preparing for Ballyhoo, a lavish cotillion ball sponsored by their elite country club. Thrown in the mix is an eligible bachelor who is an Eastern European Jew down from Brooklyn, familiar with prejudice but unable to fathom its existence within his own religious community. His presence prompts an examination of intra ethnic bias, Jewish identity (or lack thereof) and beliefs.

Tickets are $28. Rush tickets, subject to availability 30 minutes prior to curtain, for students, seniors, military and Theatre Tampa Bay members are $14. For more information on showtimes and tickets go to

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