Bad Jews

Bad Jews



After a sold-out season in Cape Town and Johannesburg, the Fugard Theatre's South African production of Joshua Harmon’s West End smash hit, the “blisteringly funny” Bad Jews, will return this December and is once more presented by Eric Abraham and the Fugard Theatre.

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 once again features Lara Lipschitz (Cabaret, Jersey Boys) who returns to the Fugard Theatre in Bad Jews 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 will reprise his role of Liam, Daphna’s secular cousin. Oliver Booth (Skews Me, Life with Oli Booth, CHAMP) too will reprise his role of Jonah, Liam’s younger brother. The Fugard Theatre welcomes Donna Cormack-Thomson who will play the role of 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
A comedic explosion - Theatre Scene CPT
Makes for fantastic theatre - The Times

Dates & Times

  • Dates

    13 Dec 2016 - 14 Jan 2017
  • Time

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

    R130 – R165
  • Duration

    1 hour 20 minutes

Cast & Creative

  • Cast

    • Lara LipschitzDaphna
    • Glen Biderman-PamLiam
    • Oliver BoothJonah
    • Donna Cormack-ThomsonMelody
  • Creative

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


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