by John Tarpley
This Friday, the Weekend Theater opens its doors for the season's penultimate production, "The Last Night of Ballyhoo." The period piece, set in 1939 Atlanta, follows the Freitags, a Southern Jewish family whose concern about atrocities against the Jews in Europe is overshadowed by the holidays, the family business, the local premiere of "Gone With the Wind" and, notably, the upcoming Ballyhoo dance, the social event of the season. While heavy at times, as many of the black box theater's productions are, director Andy Hall maintains that, at its core, the show is "an old-fashioned romantic comedy." Also, it's written by the author of "Driving Miss Daisy," Alfred Uhry, who knows a good little bit about smooth-but-potent Southern satire.