After a sold-out season in Cape Town and Johannesburg, the Fugard Theatre’s production of Joshua Harmon’s West End smash comedic hit, ‘Bad Jews’, will return for a limited season from Tuesday, December 13. Performances of the Greg Karvellas production will take place from Tuesdays to Fridays at 8pm, and on Saturdays at 4pm and 8pm, in the Fugard Studio Theatre.
After the death of their grandfather, Poppy, a family heirloom propels cousins Daphna (Lara Lipschitz) and Liam (Glen Biderman-Pam) into a domestic battle of honour, faith and heritage. The devoutly Jewish Daphna is at odds with her secular cousin Liam, an entitled young man detached from his cultural traditions. Caught in the middle are Jonah (Oliver Booth), Liam’s younger brother, and Liam’s non-Jewish girlfriend Melody (newcomer Donna Cormack-Thomson), who just wants everyone to get along. When the group is forced to spend the night in close quarters, hilarity and mayhem ensues.
Greg Karvellas (CHAMP, The Frontiersmen, Clybourne Park, The Father) directs with set and costume designs by Saul Radomsky (The Shadow of the Hummingbird, Orpheus in Africa).
‘Bad Jews’ is “a penetrating and wholly absorbing work where the constant wrangling is stoked by incendiary questions about Jewish faith, identity and the Holocaust,” says The Next 48hOURS theatre critic Peter Feldman.
“Although ‘Bad Jews’ is a thought-provoking, in-your-face experience that will fire up debate and focus on what it means to be Jewish, it deals with universal themes of family values and traditions and can be enjoyed by all,” adds Feldman.
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