The night after their grandfather’s funeral, three cousins engage in a
verbal (and sometimes physical) battle. In one corner is Daphna
Feygenbaum, a “Real Jew” who is volatile, self-assured and unbending. In
the other is her equally stubborn cousin Liam, a secular and entitled
young man, who has his shiksa girlfriend, Melody, in tow. Stuck in the
middle is Liam’s brother, Jonah, who tries to stay out of the fray. When
Liam stakes claim to their grandfather's Chai necklace, a vicious and
hilarious brawl over family, faith and legacy ensues.
Bad Jews premiered at the Roundabout Underground in the 62-seat black box at the Steinberg Center in October 2012. Following its critical acclaim, Harmon's play transfered off-Broadway to the Roundabout's 424-seat Laura Pels Theatre in October 2013.