Full Length Play
Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day
Settings Of Play -
A studio apartment on the Upper West Side.
FEATURES / CONTAINS
Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
Appropriate for all audiences, Adult, Teen (Age 14 - 18)
College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
RECOGNITION / AWARDS
2014 Lucille Lortel Award Winner & Nominee!
*Winner! - Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play, Tracee Chimo
*Nominee - Outstanding Play
*Nominee - Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play, Philip Ettinger
*Nominee - Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play, Molly Ranson
2012-2013 Outer Critics Circle Award Nominations
* Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play
* Outstanding Actress in a Play, Tracee Chimo
* John Gassner Award Nomination, Joshua Harmon, playwright
The night after their grandfather's funeral, three cousins engage in a verbal (and sometimes physical) battle. In one corner is Daphna Feygenbam, a "Real Jew" who is volatile, self-assure and unbending. In the other is her equally stubborn cousin Liam, a secular and entitled young man, who has his shiska girlfriend, Melody, in tow. Stuck in the middle is Liam's brother, Jonah, who tries to stay out of the fray. When Liam stakes claim to their grandfather's Chai necklace, a vicious and hilarious brawl over family, faith and legacy ensues.
"CRITIC'S PICK. There’s nothing like a death in the family to bring out the worst in people. This unhappy truth is displayed with delectably savage humor in 'Bad Jews,' a zesty play by Joshua Harmon...[that is] the best comedy of the season." — Charles Isherwood, The New York Times, Read More Here
"[In] Joshua Harmon’s strikingly perceptive comedy with claws, Daphna is one of the most memorable characters to come down the pike in some time. Harmon’s biting script, which unfolds in 100 minutes of real time...marks him as a new theatrical voice to be reckoned with." - Erik Haagensen, Backstage, Read More Here
"'Bad Jews' is delicious, nasty fun... Equal parts brains and brawl, Joshua Harmon's play isn't a textbook comedy of hostility, but a smart, divisive conversation starter." - Elisabeth Vincentelli, New York Post, Read More Here
"FOUR STARS. Watching 'Bad Jews,' you may change your mind about who the title refers to. But you'll also be consistently impressed by this fast and funny, pungent and poignant comedy by Joshua Harmon." - Joe Dziemianowicz, New York Daily News, Read More Here
"A combative meditation on contemporary American Judaism, and funnier than anything you'll find at the J.C.C." - New Yorker, Read More Here
"Smart and funny, intense and engaging." - Jesse Oxfeld, New York Observer, Read More Here
"One of the funniest things on the New York stage right now... [Harmon] has given us a gleefully funny, thought-provoking evening." - Steven Suskin, Huffington Post, Read More Here
"It is just as much a play about defining a 'good Catholic,' a 'good Protestant,' or a 'good Muslim.' This play is not only timely, but universal." - Hersam Acorn Newspapers, Read More Here
Bad Jews premiered at the Roundabout Underground in the 62-seat Black Box at the Steinberg Center, in October 2012. Following its critical acclaim, Harmon's play transfered to the Roundabout's 424 seat Off-Broadway Laura Pels Theatre in October 2013.