NUTLEY, NJ - Nutley Little Theatre opens the 2016-2017 season with “The Last Night of Ballyhoo,” directed by Bill Kaufman of Paterson.  Nine performances will take place through Sept. 24.

The Last Night of Ballyhoo is a romantic comedy set in Atlanta just before the 1939 premier of “Gone With The Wind” after the start of War in Europe. As a German-Jewish family prepares for ballyhoo, an upper crust cotillion, they find themselves reexamining their identities as Jews in the South, as well as German-Jews.

The Nutley Little Theatre was founded in 1934 as the Parish Players of Grace Episcopal Church. The company purchased its current location, “the barn, ” in 1938 about the same period of this production.

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The cast includes Ali Archetti of East Hanover, Debbie Buchsbaum of River Vale, Laura Valente of Nutley, J. Michael Baran of Clifton, Matt Coakley of Long Hill, Erin Cook of Westfield and Ross Pohling of Westwood. It was written by Alfred Uhry,

Evening performances will be on Sept. 9, 10, 16, 17, 23 and 24.

Matinee performances are on Sept.11, 18 and 24.

Curtain for evening shows is 8 p.m., and for matinees, 2 p.m.

Tickets are $18. A $2 discount is available at matinees for senior citizens and students.

Patrons can order tickets by calling 1-212-868-4444, or online through the NLT web site at www.nutleylittletheatre.com (click on the “Click for Tix” icon).