Joshua Harmon’s Ferocious Premiere Comedy, “Bad Jews,” in Austin through April 8

Joshua Harmon’s Ferocious Premiere Comedy, “Bad Jews,” in Austin through April 8

“There’s nothing like a death in the family to bring out the worst in people.”

This seems to be the message in Joshua Harmon’s “Bad Jews,” a sharp, fierce comedy that questions all you know about those you love and what you really choose to believe, when you’re chosen. The award-nominated play asks questions about family, belief and the true meaning of legacy at its Austin premiere at City Theatre, 3823 Airport Blvd. Austin, TX 78722, directed by Stacey Glazer, and running March 16 through April 8.

Family and faith are not always kosher. The patriarch of a Jewish family passes away, and his very different grandchildren gather together to relive, share and remember. At odds are the annoyingly devout Daphna, a young woman who wears her Jewishness like a righteous badge of honor, and her equally self-centered cousin Liam, an entitled young man who has spent much of his life distancing himself from his cultural traditions. Liam’s brother, Jonah wants to avoid confrontation, and Liam’s shiksa girlfriend, Melody, just wants everyone to get along. When Liam declares ownership over a cherished heirloom, a battle ignites of Old Testament proportions over what their family history truly means to each of them.

Joshua Harmon is a New York City-based playwright whose works include “Bad Jews,”

“Significant Other,” and the most recent, “Ivanka,” which he wrote after the 2016 election. He is a graduate of Northwestern University, Carnegie Mellon University, and Juilliard, where he worked with playwrights Christopher Durang and Marsha Norman.

“Bad Jews” received its world premiere in 2012 at the Roundabout Theatre Company and has since become one of the most produced plays in the United States, earning nominations for Best Play from the Outer Critics Circle and the Lucille Lortel Awards in 2015.

City Theatre is excited to welcome back guest director Stacey Glazer, who led the CTC productions of “How the Other Half Loves,” “Over the River and Through the Woods,” and “The Whipping Man.”

The City Theatre Company is excited to be celebrating its 12th anniversary season of live theatre entertainment in Austin. CTC is an Austin-based, not-for-profit arts organization and is sponsored in part by the Austin Creative Alliance and the Austin Cultural Arts Division.

Tickets range from $10 to 25. Group and student discounts are available. ■

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