PHOTO CALL: Bad Jews, With Tracee Chimo, Molly Ranson, Michael Zegen and Philip Ettinger, Opens Off-Broadway
By Matthew Blank
Joshua Harmon's Bad Jews, the dark comedy about a volatile family dispute that premiered to acclaim as part of Roundabout Underground in 2012, officially opened Off-Broadway Oct. 3 after previews that began Sept. 19 at the Roundabout Theatre Company's Laura Pels Theatre.
Directed by Daniel Aukin, the original cast reunites for the new run that is currently on sale through Dec. 15. Critics praised the 2012 production, which played an extended, sold-out run in the Roundabout's 62-seat Black Box Theatre as part of its new works series.
The cast includes Tracee Chimo (Daphna), Philip Ettinger (Jonah), Molly Ranson (Melody) and Michael Zegen (Liam).
"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 includes 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).
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