Hilarity and mayhem in play which challenges Jewish traditions

Pictured, from left, are Oliver Booth, Lara Lipschitz, Glen Biderman-Pam and Donna Cormack-Thomson.

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, Bad Jews, will return for a limited season from Tuesday December 13.

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 once again features Lara Lipschitz (Cabaret, Jersey Boys) as Daphna. Glen Biderman-Pam (Somewhere on the Border, The Epicene Butcher) will reprise his role of Liam. Oliver Booth (Skews Me, Life with Oli Booth, CHAMP) too will reprise his role of Jonah. The Fugard Theatre welcomes Donna Cormack-Thomson who will play the role of Melody.

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).

Tickets, ranging from R130 to R165, can be booked through Computicket. For more information, call the Fugard Theatre box office on 021 461 4554.