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Bad Jews Recommended The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 27 2015

Jeremy Wechsler's nasty-brilliant Theater Wit production of Joshua Harmon's comedy moves to its third venue in yet another extension of its run. Good old Poppy Feygenbaum has died, and his twentysomething grandkids are converging on New York for the funeral, shiva, and distribution of heirlooms. They're not a congenial bunch. In fact, the action of play consists of their stupendously ugly knock-down-drag-out over the fate of the chai pendant Poppy kept with him while consigned to a Nazi concentration camp. What makes it work is the witty, ruthless precision with which Harmon plumbs so much of what American Jews actually think, often in spite of themselves. Ian Paul Custer is an absorbing asshole (awful as that sounds) as the goyishized Liam (ne Shlomo), while Laura Lapidus mesmerizes as Daphna, the sister with a vicious streak visible from space. —Tony Adler

Price: $25-$54


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