Josua Harmon's BAD JEWS Opens Next Month at Theatre of NOTE
BWW News Desk
2:36PM MAY 26 2016
NotTheMom Productions is thrilled to present BAD JEWS, written by Joshua Harmon and directed by Sabrina Lloyd. BAD JEWS will open on Thursday, June 30 at 8pm and run through Sunday, July 24 at Theatre of NOTE, 1517 N. Cahuenga Blvd. (just north of Sunset) in Hollywood.
A fierce, biting comedy about family, faith, and what you choose to believe when you're chosen, BAD JEWS follows Daphna Feygenbaum, the self-proclaimed most devout Jew in her family. When her less observant cousin Liam arrives to claim a treasured family heirloom, bringing along a surprisingly non-Jewish element in the form of Melody, a hilarious and devastatingly funny battle of Old Testament proportions ignites. The cousins sharpen their wit, familial vitriol, and humor, making what The New York Times praises as, "the best comedy of the season!" and The New York Post calls, "delicious, nasty, good fun!"
The show features the duo of Sigi Gradwohl (Winner of Best Leading Actress at Theatre Palisades for Anne in The Diary of Anne Frank, Scenie Award Winner for Askance) and Hilary Curwen (MTV's "Happyland"), co-creators of the award-winning "Bad Nannies" and stars of the viral YouTube hit "Girls are Assholes." Often labeled as "the next Broad City," this hilarious team of best friends is currently in pre-production for their pilot "SigNHil" -- a show about...well, their friend obsession. Starring alongside Gradwohl and Curwen are Tyler Alverson (Theatrum Elysium's Joan of Arc and Much Ado About Nothing) and Jordan Wall (A&E's "The Glades").
Read the full press release HERE.
THIS STAGE MAG -- LA Stage Alliance
June 2 2016
Actress Sigi Gradwohl discusses her role as Daphna Feygenbaum in Bad Jews by Joshua Harmon, directed by Sabrina Lloyd, and co-executive produced by Gradwohl and fellow cast member Hilary Curwen (stars of Bad Nannies). Opens June 30 at Theatre of NOTE in Hollywood.
“I am indeed playing the monumentally uptight Jewish girl Daphna, and Hilary is playing the non-Jewish girl, Melanie. I saw this play at the Geffen about a year ago. At the time, Hilary and I were working on a pilot together and I realized there were perfect roles for both of us in this play. I certainly can identify with Daphna. I was raised very traditionally Jewish. For the first five years of my life, I was Orthodox because my grandfather was an Orthodox rabbi. My grandparents were Holocaust survivors, which is also a big part of my character’s angst..."
Read the full interview HERE.
Women In Film Spotlight -- Sigi Gradwohl
Chelsea London Lloyd
June 15 2016
Chelsea London Lloyd of OR DIE TRYING met with Sigi Gradwohl, actress and content creator, to discuss her journey in Los Angeles and her upcoming production of BAD JEWS.
Read the whole interview HERE.
"Rarely has a play as outrageiously side-splitting as Bad Jews tackled religion with as smart and savage a wit as harmon's does when pitting Israel-bound Daphna (who has recently given up her anglo name...if not yet her virginity) agains suburbi-destined Liam, whose only connection with his religious roots would seem to be a Hebrew moniker (Shlomo) no one had dar utter upon pain of death."
"Regardless of your place on the religious spectrum, Bad Jews in Hollywood is not only guaranteed to make you laugh, it is sure to keep you talking long after its powerful single-spot fade to black."
Read the full Review HERE.
"The relative from hell: Surely every family has one. it's the person who talks nonstop, who has zero tolerance for other people's points of view, who perceives her own needs as trumping every other problem on the horizon...
As the dominant personality, Gradwohl, under Sabrina Lloyd's direction, is pitch-perfect as a nonstop blabbermouth, impervious to the opinions of others and with a mean streak that she gleefully uses to skewer the hapless Melody."
Read the full Review HERE.