The smash hit comedy “Bad Jews”, brought to Sydney by Aleksandar Vass & Vass Theatre Group, is currently entertaining local audiences after playing in New York, London and Melbourne.
Written by Joshua Harmon and directed by Gary Abrahams, it’s now Sydney’s turn to laugh at the antics of three young Jewish cousins, Daphna, Liam and Jonah plus Liam’s non-Jewish girlfriend, Melody, during an evening of mayhem in a Manhattan apartment.
Jonah, the wealthy young occupant of the apartment, played so believably by Matt Whitty, is spending the evening lounging around bantering with his fanatically religious, overbearing and bossy cousin Daphna, played by Maria Angelico.
To add to the chaos, Jonah’s brother, Liam, played by Simon Corfield, returns to the apartment from a skiing trip, accompanied by his girlfriend, Melody, delightfully played by Anna Burgess.
Their beloved grandfather has died and Daphna feels that an item of his jewellery, with religious significance and great sentimentality, should go to her. Liam, has other ideas as he is already in possession of the item and decides to give it to his non-Jewish girlfriend Melody. Jonah does not want to get involved in the ensuing argument as Daphna gives vent to her feelings.
The stage set for this production is one of the best I have seen in a long while, especially in these times of minimal sets, often dressed down with just a chair. This particular setting gave an authentic atmosphere to the production, as a totally believable home environment for the wealthy young occupants.
“Bad Jews” provides a hilarious and sometimes serious night of theatre that will have you identifying with all the characters, as they argue their way through the evening.
“Bad Jews” is currently playing at the Everest Theatre, Seymour Centre, Corner of City Road & Cleveland Street, Chippendale until 4 June 2016.
Sandra Tiltman Photos: John Pond