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 Awards
*NOMINEE - Outstanding Play
2012-2013 Outer Critics Circle Award Nominations
*Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play
*John Gassner Award Nomination, Joshua Harmon
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."
- The New York Times, Read More
"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."
- New York Daily News, Read More
"[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."
- Backstage, Read More
"'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."
- New York Post, Read More
"One of the funniest things on the New York stage right now... [Harmon] has given us a gleefully funny, thought-provoking evening."
- Huffington Post, Read More
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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.