Bad Jews: The body is barely cold and the family fighting is just warming up … with laughs

Opening Thursday, Feb. 28, 8:00 p.m. (through Sunday, March 10)
We have all been there and if you haven’t yet, then it is just a matter of time before a relative passes and the uncomfortable divvying up of the deceased “stuff” commences. 

As is typical in my experience over the years, kinfolk, normally sane, will go off the rails over the tiniest of objects left behind by the deceased.

This scenario is pretty much the setting of the newest production from Jewish Theatre Grand Rapids as they present the wildly funny and very dark comedy “Bad Jews,” written by Joshua Harmon and directed by Tom Kaechele.

“Bad Jews” centers on relatives Diana and Liam, both polar opposites spiritually speaking and yet equally as biting with their stinging brands of humor. These two characters, along with the cast that are swept up into their drama, take us on a journey into the modern meaning of faith in a secular world. There is even a hilarious performance of “Summertime” from the Opera “Porgy and Bess” in the play that is sure to leave the audience rolling with laughter. 

Bad Jews offers something for everyone, from the Jew to the Gentile and everyone in between. 

The show runs February 28, March 2, 7, and 9 at 8 p.m. and March 3 and 10 at 3 p.m. Tickets: $25 General, $23 Seniors, $8 Students. There are no Friday performances because of Shabbat.
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