To all appearances, The Last Night of Ballyhoo declares itself to be nothing more than an old-fashioned, family-centered, living-room comedy.
Without ever departing from its basic structure as a rich, often hilarious romantic comedy, Ballyhoo exposes the previously unexplored territory of Southern anti-Semitism and how Jews turn it against each other and themselves.
Part of the triumph of The Last Night of Ballyhoo is that Uhry allows ethical dilemmas and class tensions to arise without turning his characters into stick figures or the drama into a predetermined "issue" play.
One chilly January afternoon between rehearsals for The Last Night at Ballyhoo, I had lunch with Uhry and Ivey to talk about the intersection of their lives and their work.
A different family appeared in each scene of the play, and this family from Ballyhoo was just one of them.
When I saw the play, I had the response that probably a lot of people in the audience had - did Ballyhoo really happen, or did you make it up as a metaphor?