By Adam Hetrick
29 Dec 2013
|Photo by Joan Marcus|
Directed by Daniel Aukin, Bad Jews premiered as part of Roundabout Underground in 2012, where it played a sold-out, extended run. The latest Off-Broadway engagement officially opened Oct. 3 after previews that began Sept. 19 at the Laura Pels Theatre.
"You're voyeuristically peering into something that you should not be watching," playwright Harmon told Playbill in a recent interview. "This is a private fight within the family, and you're somehow intruding, which is an exciting, dangerous place for an audience to be. You're seeing something that is not meant to be seen."
Bad Jews, according to the Roundabout, is a comedy about the "holy and the holier-than-thou. Daphna Feygenbaum (Chimo) is a Real Jew — just ask the Israeli boyfriend she met on Birthright. So when her cousin Liam (Zegen) brings home his shiksa girlfriend Melody (Ranson) and declares ownership of their grandfather's Chai necklace, it sparks a viciously hilarious brawl over family, faith and legacy."
The creative team included Lauren Helpern (set design), Mark Barton (lighting design), Dane Laffrey (costume design) and Shane Rettig (sound design).
Tickets are available online at roundabouttheatre.org, by phone at (212) 719-1300, or in person at the Laura Pels Box Office (111 West 46th Street).