Arts and Culture » Our Critics Picks

Boiler Room's Hard Boiled Christmas at the Factory at Franklin

Seasonal Offerings


Nearly a decade ago, Circle Players presented an impressive production of the Middle Tennessee premiere of Alfred Uhry’s 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 it’s the evening of the glitzy Hollywood-style December 1939 premiere of Gone With the Wind. The threatening nature of cataclysmic world events—Hitler has already invaded Poland—is also in the air, and Driving Miss Daisy author Uhry’s examines the theme of Jewish identity through full-bodied characterizations crafted with warmth and humor. Director Laura Skaug has the challenge of realizing the script’s 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 company’s 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
Tuesdays, Fridays-Sundays; Wed., Dec. 23. Starts: Dec. 4. Continues through Dec. 22, 2009

Add a comment