Michael Longhurst

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Bad Jews

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Writer Joshua Harmon Starring
  • Jenna Augen
  • Ilan Goodman
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    Theatre Royal Bath and St James

    A beloved grandfather has died, and a treasured family heirloom with religious significance is up for grabs. But who is most deserving of it? Bossy, overbearing, fanatically religious Daphna? Her wealthy cousin Liam, who’s just returned from skiing with his non-Jewish girlfriend Melody? Or Jonah, his brother, who would prefer not to get involved in the fight?

    A cramped Manhattan apartment becomes the setting for a viciously hilarious brawl over family, faith and legacy as the contenders set at each others' throats on the night after the funeral.

    Michael Longhurst directs Jenna Augen and Ilan Goodman in Joshua Harmon's comedy.

    Reviews

    in Michael Longhurst’s beautifully nuanced and paced production, our sympathies shift at disconcerting speed between Jenna Augen’s ingeniously sharp-tongued Daphna and Ilan Goodman’s splenetic and sweary Liam. 

    Dominic Cavendish
    The Telegraph

    This is an outstanding production from director Michael LonghurstThis is a brutal, feral script with great soul; the searing observations of what religion actually means is deftly handled and the excellent performances ensure a fine balance; both challenging the audience and providing much food for thought.

    Petra Schofield
    What's On Stage

    The tension is palpable and … under Michael Longhurst’s assured direction highs and lows are well-paced. 

    Claire Hayes
    The Public Reviews

    There will be no justice in the world if this shockingly good production does not transfer to London.

    Paul Taylor
    Independent

    Michael Longhurst's production … has the right claustrophobic intensity and is acted with suitable passion.

    Michael Billington
    The Guardian

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