Press: Smash Hit Bad Jews Returns for Limited Holiday Season!

November 12, 2016

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 for a limited season from 13 December.  The play is once more presented by Eric Abraham and the Fugard Theatre and will be performed in the Fugard Studio Theatre Tuesday to Fridays at 8pm and on Saturdays at 4pm and 8pm.


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, Clybourne Park, The Father) directs with set and costume designs by Saul Radomsky (The Shadow of the Hummingbird, Orpheus in Africa).


Review comments include:

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


Tickets, ranging from R130 to R165 can be booked through Computicket on 0861 915 8000, online at or at any Shoprite Checkers outlet. Bookings can also be made at the Fugard Theatre box office on 021 461 4554. There is a generous 15% discount available for the Friends of the Fugard members. 


Harrington Street car park is located at the corner of Caledon and Harrington streets and is available for the use of theatre patrons. Visit the cosy ground-floor bar, which opens two hours before all scheduled show times and stays open until last rounds are called… often as late as 1am. And if the weather is fine the bar on the fantastic rooftop terrace is opened, with its panoramic views of the city. Both bars offer a range of wines from some of the Cape’s top estates.



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