Directed by Michael Longhust (Constellations), Bad Jews follows two brothers Liam and Jonah and their forceful, evangelistic cousin Daphna in their fight to win a precious family heirloom. When Liam’s non-Jewish, all-American girlfriend Melody enters the poky Manhattan apartment, the true heir of the treasure is called into question, resulting into a riotously hilarious spat of arguments. A largely affecting comedy, Bad Jews also brought moments of touching poignancy, as the audience sees how grief is battled in different ways.
Ilan Goodman (The Imitation Game) reprised his role as the older, irritable Liam, opposite Antonia Kinlay (The Three Lions) as his ditzy girlfriend Melody. Ailsa Joy (TimePlays) played the devoted and over-bearing Daphna and Jos Slovick (Once) played the questionably quiet Jonah.
Harmon is an experienced writer, having produced plays such as Significant Other, A Boy Named Alice and the ever-popular Terese Raquin. Bad Jews was an interesting discussion on discovering how families deal with grief and what lengths they will go to in order to remember the deceased. Co-produced by Theatre Royal Bath Productions, Kenny Wax and Theatre Royal Haymarket Productions, Bad Jews made a welcome return to London’s West End.
Best seatsSit in the mid-front of the Stalls for the best view of the stage. Good views for bargain prices can be found towards the rear of the Stalls and in the Dress Circle.
Important informationPlaying at: Theatre Royal Haymarket, Haymarket, London, SW1Y 4HT
Performance dates: 19 Mar 2016 - 19 Mar 2016
Running time: 1 hour 40 minutes
Age restrictions: 14+ due to strong language
Special notice: Bad Jews is only suitable for ages 14 and up due to explicit language. Fans of dark comedies will enjoy this clever play that addresses a lot of relevant questions.