Alfred Uhry Writing Styles in The Last Night of Ballyhoo

Alfred Uhry
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Ending

The ending of The Last Night of Ballyhoo remains ambiguous. Does the family's Sabbath dinner represent Sunny's fantasy of the future, or does it represent a future that has become realized? The scene is so brief that it is impossible to formulate an accurate answer to this question. However, whether the scene is fantasy or reality, it does highlight the direction in which at least one member of the family is headed; for Sunny, the future clearly holds a new interest in Judaism. With Joe's help, Sunny will try to steer her family to learn more about their religious and cultural heritage.

Setting

The play is set in Atlanta in 1939, a location that is particularly relevant because the South was rife with prejudice. In the 1930s (and for several decades thereafter), white society significantly discriminated against African Americans. They were segregated at schools and restaurants, on buses and...

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