BAD JEWS by Joshua Harmon presented by Arizona Onstage Productions at the Temple of Music and Art Cabaret Space, 330 S Scott Ave.
520-882-6574 or arizonaonstage.org for information
Directed by Kevin Johnson, Featuring Shira Maas, Beth May, Jeremy Vega and Luka Vonier
Joshua Harmon's critically acclaimed play asks questions about what you choose to believe, when you're chosen. Bad Jews tells the story of Daphna Feygenbaum, a "Real Jew" with an Israeli boyfriend. When Daphna's cousin Liam brings home his shiksa girlfriend Melody and declares ownership of their grandfather's C'hai necklace, a vicious and hilarious brawl over family, faith and legacy ensues. Running time: 90 minutes with no intermission.
Saturdays: May 14, 21, 7:30pm
Sundays: May 15, 22, 3pm
General Admission: $27.50, Senior Admission: $25, Student/teacher/active artist $20
"Bad Jews is a biting, mean and funny piece that leaves us with an awful realization: by looking at the ugly ways we use to justify our sense of right and our righteousness, it reveals that we are all, in some way, bad Jews." Sherilyn Forrester of Tucson Weekly:
"There are plenty of laughs in this play, but underscoring them is a tension that comes with being in the presence of very angry people. . . . But this fast-paced production is given some breathing room. Director Kevin Johnson and playwright Joshua Harmon seemed to sense that the audience needs little breaks, and they are nicely woven in." Kathy Allen, Arizona Daily Star:
"There's nothing like a death in the family to bring out the worst in people. This unhappy truth is displayed with delectably savage humor in "Bad Jews," a zesty play by Joshua Harmon" – The New York Times
". . . the humor does more than entertain — it vexes and disturbs while challenging simplistic distinctions between "good" and "bad" Jews." LA Times
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