Bad Jews | Toronto Premiere

Bad Jews

Written | Joshua Harmon
Directed | Michèle Lonsdale Smith
Toronto Premiere | May 25 – June 4, 2017

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The Koffler Centre of the Arts presents the Toronto premiere of Joshua Harmon’s “exhilaratingly abrasive” play, Bad Jews (Daily Telegraph). After the death of their beloved grandfather, three cousins gather in a cramped Manhattan apartment to fight over a precious family heirloom, learning there is much more at stake than who gets what.

Meet the cast


Kristopher Turner


Daphna's equally stubborn cousin, who is totally secular and completely entitled.


Julia Vally


Liam's non-Jewish girlfriend, who just wants everyone to get along.


Rebecca Applebaum


A self assured, volatile, and unbending Jew who is wonderfully flawed.


Daniel Krantz


Liam's younger brother, who tries to stay out of the fray but is still caught in the middle.

Featured writing



Jordan Adler. “Bad Jews’ director says characters’ histrionics not about stereotypes.” CJN

Gerald Hannon, Luc Rinaldi and Will Sloan. “Joshua Harmon’s darkly funny breakthrough play about family, tradition and identity finally gets its Toronto premiere after successful off-Broadway and West End runs.” Toronto Life

Brad Wheeler. “There are Jews and then there are Jews, if you know what the New York playwright Joshua Harmon means.” The Globe and Mail

Chris Klippenstein. “Despite the promise of its name, Bad Jews is a great play–darkly compelling family drama presented by Koffler Centre of the Arts.” Mooney On Theatre

Debbie Fein-Goldbach. “Since its debut in 2012, Bad Jews has become one of the most frequently produced plays in the world, and this production shows off what makes it so good.” NOW Magazine

Dean Vilese. “If you’ve not yet waded into a deeply Jewish play that boldly illuminates the universal undertone of discontent, Bad Jews the perfect entry point.” Toronto Stage

Leslie Barcza. “Our own sadness leads us to recognize the universality of these situations, to see ourselves and/or our families up there on stage.” Barcza Blog

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Behind the scenes hotographs by Dahlia Katz
Illustrations by Yu Zhang
Animations by Letticia Cosbert