Maaor Ziv, Blue Bigwood-Mallin, Luis Fernandes, Theresa Tova, Anne van Leeuwen, G Kyle Shields, Stephen Joffe photo by: John Gundy
By Michael Ross Albert
In Toronto’s crime-filled neighbourhood of Prohibition-era Kensington Market, a family of would-be gangsters tries to support themselves by running a speakeasy out of their domineering mother’s basement.
When a murder is committed and a job goes wrong, the family is suddenly flung into the high-stakes gangland world of American organized crime. In order to survive, they must overcome the ghosts of their past, and plot their uncertain future.
Set against the backdrop of the roaring twenties, the Great Depression, and one of the biggest riots in Canadian history, Tough Jews is the story of an immigrant family’s struggle to rise above their station in a violent, intolerant city.
NNNN - "Exciting and immersive, Tough Jews is really, as one of its characters might say, the cat’s pyjamas."NOW Magazine
"It’s a funny and tragic adventure which explores hard questions of morality, intergenerational trauma, and the lengths to which people will go to protect their family... The show couldn’t be more relevant."Mooney on Theatre
"Viscerally stimulating, Michael Ross Albert’s Tough Jews is a dirty, violent, and often howlingly funny story."Torontoist
"Playwright Michael Ross Albert has created a rich script filled with antagonism, violence, period-specific phrases and some Yiddish for added flavour… Equal parts funny and violent, the production resists nostalgia and whimsy. To its credit, Tough Jews never goes soft."NOW Magazine