Bad Jews Joburg

Bad Jews Joburg



Now playing at Sandton's Auto & General Theatre on the Square, Johannesburg.

After the death of their grandfather, Poppy, a family heirloom propels cousins Daphna and Liam 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, Liam’s younger brother, and Liam's non-Jewish girlfriend Melody, who just wants everyone to get along. When the group is forced to spend the night in close quarters, hilarity and mayhem ensues.

The production garnered a five star review from the Jewish Chronicle (UK). “There is something particularly remarkable about the way Harmon explores how post-Holocaust Jewish generations live with the legacy of the Shoah (Holocaust). Remarkable, because whereas most dramatists would address that territory with sombre respect, Harmon does it with irreverent wit.” John Nathan – The Jewish Chronicle (UK), January 2015.

This Fugard Theatre production features Lara Lipschitz (Cabaret, Jersey Boys) as Daphna, a devout Jew, who is unbending and religiously opinionated. Opposite Lara is Glen Biderman-Pam (Somewhere on the Border, The Epicene Butcher) who plays Liam, Daphna’s secular cousin. Oliver Booth (Skews Me, Life with Oli Booth, CHAMP) plays Jonah, Liam’s younger brother and Ashley de Lange (X+Y, Gly) plays Melody, Liam’s  new non-Jewish girlfriend.

Greg Karvellas (CHAMP, The Frontiersmen) directs, with set and costume designs by Saul Radomsky (The Shadow of the Hummingbird, Orpheus in Africa).


Searingly funny ... [The] Fugard's Bad Jews raises the bar - The Cape Times
★★★★ Captivates - The Cape Argus
★★★★ So naby aan ’n West End produksie is as wat jy plaaslik gaan kry - Die Burger
Splendid piece of in-your-face Jewish theatre ... acutely crafted, bitingly funny - The South African Jewish Report
A comedic explosion - Theatre Scene CPT
Makes for fantastic theatre - The Times

Dates & Times

  • Dates

    14 Jan 2016 - 14 Feb 2016
  • Time

    TUE – FRI 8:15 PM | SAT 4 & 8:15 PM
  • Price

    R120 – R180
  • Duration

    1 hour 20 minutes

Cast & Creative

  • Cast

    • Lara LipschitzDaphna
    • Glen Biderman-PamLiam
    • Oliver BoothJonah
    • Ashley de LangeMelody
  • Creative

    • Joshua HarmonWriter
    • Greg KarvellasDirector
    • Saul RadomskySet and Costume Design