Nearly a decade ago, Circle Players presented an impressive production of the Middle Tennessee premiere of Alfred Uhrys Tony Award-winning The Last Night of Ballyhoo. Boiler Room Theatre resurrects the play, concerning the social and romantic concerns of a well-to-do Jewish family in Atlanta, where its the evening of the glitzy Hollywood-style December 1939 premiere of Gone With the Wind. The threatening nature of cataclysmic world eventsHitler has already invaded Polandis also in the air, and Driving Miss Daisy author Uhrys examines the theme of Jewish identity through full-bodied characterizations crafted with warmth and humor. Director Laura Skaug has the challenge of realizing the scripts various levels, and her promising cast of seven is led by veteran performers Adele Akin and Dan McGeachy. The production is the first of two BRT will present in repertory throughout the holiday season. The companys original Christmas revue, A Hard-Boiled Christmas, also debuts this week, featuring songs and sketches under the direction of Jamey Green and including a cast of tried-and-true singers and comic actors such as Megan Murphy, Laura Thomas Sonn, Scott Rice and Sondra Morton. The shows are presented in an interwoven weekly schedule, which can be found at http://www.boilerroomtheatre.com/shows_LNB_HBC.asp.
Tuesdays, Thursdays-Sundays; Sun., Dec. 20, 2 & 8 p.m. Starts: Nov. 27. Continues through Dec. 20, 2009