“I had a hard time getting Daphna at first. I wanted to play her, but wasn’t entirely sure I could back her up or be friends with her or inhabit her for eight shows a week. But in working on the play and in rehearsals, I have come to understand her a lot more and my views have sort of shifted. Of course, it was a big revelation when we finally performed in front of an audience. You forget when you’re doing any play what it’s like when you get that first response from an audience, especially if it is a comedy. We’ve been in a rehearsal room just being brutal with each other, slinging the most unspeakable words at each other. So, you think it is this heavy family drama. Well, our first audience was an invited dress and they found certain passages uproariously funny. It was really surprising, kind of a shock to the system. The title of the play is referenced in the text. Daphna calls her cousin Liam a ‘bad Jew.’ But the play itself references it. What does the term mean? Is it because you’re not observant? Is it because you are a rude or horrible person? But that doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with Jewishness. It just means you’re a lousy human. The audience gets a lot to think about.”
Julio Martinez-hosted Arts in Review—celebrating the best in theater and cabaret in the Greater Los Angeles area—airs Fridays (2-2:30pm) on KPFK (90.7FM), streamed live over kpfk.org. On June 19, Julio hosts Jeff Blumenkrantz and Brett Ryback from Murder For Two.