As Daphna in "Bad Jews", St.James Theatre - London transfer

To watch the superb Ms. Augen in full take-no-prisoners flow is to be sucked into the vortex of that rare stage creature who compels and repels in equal measure. Look away, and you find you cannot.

Matt Wolf, The New York Times

Jenna Augen is magnificent as Daphna, relentlessly pick-pick-picking away at her cousin with exceptional comic timing. And she is by no means unbearable, as Augen adds real depth to the character.

Daisy Bowie-Sell, Time Out London

Jenna Augen is stunning as this smiley, spikey, self-righteous but wounded young woman. 

Dominic Maxwell, The Times of London

Augen's performance is a real tour de force and it's not hard to see why she won the UK Theatre Award for the play's initial run at the Ustinov Studio, Bath last year.

Ben Hewis, What's On Stage

Daphna (Jenna Augen), caustic, funny and ferociously clever….

It's a visceral thrill to watch Daphna and Liam tear into each other, sometimes physically, over their respective lifestyle choices and a guilty pleasure to witness tuneless Melody’s doomed attempts at peace-making. Augen, reminiscent of Jenny Slate in that glorious recent film Obvious Child, is a terrific find

Fiona Mountford, Evening Standard

Augen is particularly notable as Daphna: shrill and difficult, ragging on an issue or an exposed weakness like a dog with a bone, in a way that’s wincingly, irritatingly recognisable - there’s one in every family, right?

-Holly Williams,  The Independent

Jenna Augen as, in the words of her beloved cousin, “super Jew” Daphna. Controlling, passive aggressive, patronising and an absolute master of humiliation, Augen plays the precocious Daphna with such passion that you can’t help but love her…..

Flawless performances and a script that zings off the stage, if you’re looking for an intelligent comedy then look no further. Spikey dialogue, complex characters and touching moments of unexpected poignancy make Michael Longhurst’s production as successful a knockout as one of Daphna’s comebacks..

Charlotte Marshall,  Official London Theatre

Daphna, played by Jenna Augen, is the dynamic female pre-graduate. Committed to rediscovering and foregrounding her religion she wants to up-sticks and move to Israel and her fictitious boyfriend. She is fiercely defensive of her standing and has her sights set on a controversial heirloom. Played to perfection Daphna is a true anti-hero, acerbic and deliberately disruptive.

Annemarie Hiscott,  London Theatre 1

It’s no surprise that Augen received a 2014 UK Theatre Award for her performance.

She brings a vulnerability to the character that stops her being a monster.

Sarah Cox,  London Fringe Reviews

 …Jenna Augen as, in the words of her beloved cousin, ‘super Jew’ Daphna. Controlling, passive aggressive, patronising and an absolute master of humiliation, Augen plays the precocious Daphna with such passion that you can’t help but love her. Until you bloody hate her that is… Ilan Goodman proves award-winning Augen’s match both in energy and despicableness as Daphna’s polar opposite Liam… Flawless performances and a script that zings off the stage, if you’re looking for an intelligent comedy then look no further. Spikey dialogue, complex characters and touching moments of unexpected poignancy make Michael Longhurst’s production as successful a knockout as one of Daphna’s comebacks.

Charlotte Marshall, Official London Theatre

Michael Longhurst’s deft production responds with beautifully pitched performances. Jenna Augen as Daphna finds the vulnerability behind her caustic outbursts.

Sarah Hemming, Financial Times of London

As the antagonistic and aggressive Daphna, Jenna Augen is a vitriolic thundercloud of repressed and hidden hated, jealousy and angst, while at the same time demonstrating an able wit, a keen and tenacious intelligence and endless capacity for jealousy and pain. It’s a wonderfully complex and intricate performance. Daphna is a difficult character to love, but Augen permits us to see why she should be tolerated, perhaps even admired. Given the writing, that is real skill.

Stephen Collins, BritishTheatre.com

The acting is as impressive as the characters are complex… Most absorbing is Daphna (Jenna Augen), a highly troubled woman whose biting sarcasm and intolerable criticism of others only serves to appease her own confused sense of self-righteousness. Despite her unsympathetic nature, you can’t help but agree with her at times.

Sophia Shluger, Londonist

 Augen is perfect: a vulture of righteousness, she swoops around under a brilliantly unmanageable thatch of curly black hair which in itself enrages her older cousin Liam (christened Shlomo and keen to forget it). We are aware that the hellcat Daphna is privately unhappy, clinging to her racial and religious heritage like a liferaft.

Libby Purves, TheatreCat.com

There’s Daphna, played by Jenna Augen, who won a fully deserved UK Theatre Award for her crackling performance.

Christopher Hart, The Sunday Times, London

Crucially for a show where four actors simply talk in a room with little musical or visual accompaniment, the language and performances are razor sharp. “Super Jew” Daphna naturally steals the show, but Augen is superb: setting upon her prey with such lack of restraint it would make Larry David blush.

Alex Bellotti, Ham&High Entertainment

Last chance February 28 to see Jenna Augen’s star-making turn in the London premiere at The St. James Theatre of the Off-Broadway hit “Bad Jews”; her excellent co-star is Ilan Goodman, son of Olivier-winning actor Henry Goodman.

Matt Wolf, Broadway.com

Jenna Augen gives a particularly incredible performance as dislikeable Daphna, riddled with rage and all the clichés of Jewish women and liberal American college students. She’s feisty, confrontational and always ready with a snarky quip or question. She screams, “I’m not a dog!” at one point, but she sniffs out weakness like a bloodhound and attacks like a particularly savage Rottweiler.

Rowena Hawkins, playstosee.com

 

For me, the star of the show was Jenna Augen as Daphna. Her portrayal is intense and in your face, but I also felt a great deal of sympathy for the character.

Andrew Tomlins, WestEndFrame.com

 

Daphna, played with unalloyed gusto by Jenna Augen (like a whirlwind Barbra Streisand in ‘The Way We Were’ only with about ten times more cajones) is pitted against Liam (or Shlomo), her tense, nervy cousin (Ilan Goodman practically in meltdown mode) at a moment in their lives which sends them flying off into stratospheric recrimination and bile.

Carole Woddis, Londongrip.co.uk

The four fine actors bring excellent lived-in characterizations to Harmon’s work. Jenna Augen is outstanding as Daphna, captivating in her cruelty but with touching hints at an underlying insecurity.

Miriskusnik, wordpress.com

Daphna (a steamroller of a performance from Jenna Augen) loves to talk and to carp and kvetch. She is particularly vocal in her condemnation of Jonah’s brother, Liam, who failed to show up to the funeral. We dislike Daphna almost instantly; she is relentlessly egocentric and vicious, but Augen imbues her with a spark that makes the character fascinating. It’s like watching a predator setting its traps – you daren’t take your eyes off her.

William Stafford, bumonseat.wordpress.com

Michael Longhurst’s assured production is flawlessly acted by Joe Coen and Ilan Goodman as the brothers and, in particular, Jenna Augen as Daphna. It is as much to Augen’s credit that she makes no attempt to soften her manipulative, malevolent character as it is to Harmon’s that he refuses to give her the dreaded Broadway ‘redemptive’ moment.

The Sunday Express via thisistheatre.com


As Daphna in “Bad Jews” at The Theatre Royal, Bath, UK – Ustinov Studio

Daphna (superb Jenna Augen) is an intense, frizzy-haired and very voluble Vassar student…

There will be no justice in the world if this shockingly good production does not transfer to London.

Paul Taylor, The Independent

In Michael Longhurst’s beautifully nuanced and paced production, our sympathies shift at disconcerting speed between Jenna Augen’s ingeniously sharp-tongued Daphna and Ilan Goodman’s splenetic and sweary Liam.

Scaldingly funny

Dominic Cavendish, The Telegraph

Miss Augen, a mass of dark curls and wide-popping-eyed frustration, gives a remarkable performance - a young Bette Midler springs to mind……….a fine dramatic creation

Jenna Augen delivers an eye-popping performance

Quentin Letts, The Daily Mail

Jenna Augen conveys all Daphna’s needling assurance while hinting at her lurking insecurity…

Scalding rhetoric between hissing cousins

The strength of the play lies in the vigour of their combat, which has something of the verbal firepower of Albee’s ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Michael Billington, The Guardian

The four actors, particularly Jenna Augen’s Daphna and Ilan Goodman… as Liam, bring the play to vivid and often shocking life.

Fighting’s what she’s (Daphna) about, and verbally she is very VERY good at it.

Gay Pirrie-Weir, The Fine Times Recorder

Jenna Augen is perfectly at home in the skin of would-be Israeli émigré, Daphna, and brings out with great clarity this complex character’s numerous facets; emotional strength, vulnerability, snobbishness, ruthlessness – to name but four.

Graham Wyles,  StageTalkMagazine.com

The acting is superb.  Jenna Augen is magnificent as the aggressive Daphna, and the antipathy between her and Liam (the equally impressive Ilan Goodman) is electrifying.

Jackie Chappell,  listomaniabath.com

I haven’t a single quibble with this marvelous production.  It’s directed by Michael Longhurst, Ilan Goodman as Liam and Jenna Augen as Daphna are riveting in the lead roles.

She’s (Daphna) a buzz of vituperative rage with a tongue like a heat-seeking missile…

Her exchanges with Melody, all loaded with gratuitous malice, are especially funny.

Crysse, My Blog, a Writer’s Life

This is an excellent play, the fine cast carry the script with great energy and power, and the blistering dialogue bounces off the walls of the confined space.  Jenna Augen (Daphna) is the fiercely aggressive “Uber-Jew”, her self-righteousness stifling everyone around her, coiling and lashing out rattlesnake style, never allowing anyone in.  Liam takes on Daphna in a series of tirades, wounding and tearing at each other with acidic power.

Director Michael Longhurst has lifted this challenging and thought provoking play off the page, and the young cast control the piece with great clarity.

Petra Schofield, Theatrebath.co.uk

The cast is superb and Jenna Augen and Ilan Goodman in particular portray the friction between Daphna and Liam, two sides of the same spirited coin, with great conviction. The tension is palpable…

Claire Hayes,  The Public Review

 


Daphna (additional reviews- The Arts Theatre, West End)

"AUGEN IS A REVELATION as abrasive, ferociously intelligent Daphna, whose pugnaciousness might be viewed differently if she were a male.

Marianka Swain, theartsdesk.com

Jenna Augen's earnest Daphna is a great creation, deeply neurotic and unable to resist belittling the choices of her companions, but Augen gives her a naivety that makes her appealing.

Maryam Philpott, The Public Reviews

The show’s undoubted star is Jenna Augen, whose blazing fury gains force from her physical contradictions. She has a petite figure with a milky complexion, an angelic voice, a blowpipe stare and a snake’s nest of oil-black curls.

Lloyd Evans, The Spectator

Jenna Augen displays great comic timing as the astonishingly caustic Daphna.

Henry Hitchings, London Evening Standard

 

 

 


As Tessa in “The Gondoliers” at The Sierra Madre Playhouse, Sierra Madre, CA:

…the puppy-like Jenna Augen, playing local maiden Tessa, for example, is adorable from the minute she pops her head through the stage trapdoor.

Rebecca Haithcoat, Stage Raw, This is LA

 

…and when Jenna Augen and November Christine, playing the wives of the Palmieri brothers, join in song,  they bring the house down.

Jose Ruiz, ReviewPlays.com

 

Also vocally impressive is the perky Augen.

Ingrid Wilmot, willcall.org

 

All five leads (Augen, Christine, Masak, McCann, McEldowney) have beautiful legit voices and a flair for comedy.

Steven Stanley, StageSceneLA.com

 

Jenna Augen has an almost Imogene Coca-style of comic silliness.

Frances Baum Nicholson, The Stage Struck Review

 

As Tessa, Jenna Augen is a flirty vixen.

Fran Syverson, Pasadena Independent


As Julia in “The Two Gentlemen of Verona” with Commonwealth Shakespeare, Boston, MA

…But Proteus is fully prepared to betray his own ladylove (a piquant Jenna Augen)… Augen brings poignancy to the role of the pure-hearted Julia, and she delivers a sultry rendition of ‘Fever’ that underscores her consuming passion for Proteus. As she sings, windows open on the backdrop to reveal writhing lovers.

Don Aucoin, The Boston Globe

…including a show-stopping Jenna Augen as Julia with a sultry performance of ‘Fever’.

Rich Fahey, On Boston Stages

…Peter Cambor as Proteus and Jenna Augen as Julia gave exciting performances as well, particularly during their sultry vocal performances of ‘Witchcraft’ and ‘Fever’, respectively.

Alex Lonati, BroadwayWorld.com

…Augen as Julia manages to bring down the house with a hot rendition of ‘Fever’, which leaves little to the imagination about her feelings for Proteus.

Iris Fanger, Daily News Correspondent

…All four leads have strong voices and execute Maler’s precise directions energetically… But British comedienne / belter Jenna Augen slightly edges out her American peers as Julia, Shakespeare’s first girl-disguised-as-boy role.

Bill Forry, Dorchester Reporter

…In her disguise, Jenna Augen is channeling Andrea Martin impersonating Jerry Lewis; but she never loses sight of the genuine emotions that leave her brokenhearted. Augen is a droll comedienne and a terrific singer, most notably in her tongue-in-cheek reading of Peggy Lee’s ‘Fever’.

Robert Nesti, Edge New England

…Jenna Augen as Julia, the love interest Proteus has cast aside in pursuit of Silvia, brings both brassy neurosis and endearing innocence to her role.

Alexandra Cavallo, Metro.us

…Jenna Augen is a stand-out as Julia – particularly when she dresses up as a male page to rescue her romance with Proteus. Her rendition of the Peggy Lee hit ‘Fever’ truly sizzles.

Jules Becker, Bay Windows

 

 

 

 


As Ada Kahn in “Chicken Soup with Barley” at The Royal Court Theatre, London

… and a notable debut from young Jenna Augen as the daughter Ada. Her role is a hinge of the play: weary, horrified by industrialism and brutalities, she has waited for her man through two wars. She explodes at the table in a terrific credo, sharply delivered. It is one of many very fine moments.

Libby Purves, The Times of London

Here are two fine professional debuts, with Jenna Augen as Ada establishing her character’s complexity with impressive speed…

Edward Lukes, The London Magazine

Rosenthal and Jenna Augen, who plays Ronnie’s sister Ada, make eloquent, enthusiastic youngsters finding themselves while learning from their parents’ mistake. But most memorable is the feeling of betrayal so evident in both of them.

Naima Kahn, Spoonfed, Things to Do in London

This is a strong production of an interesting play. Powerful supporting performances include those of Harry Peacock, Jenna Augen, Alexis Zegerman and Tom Rosenthal.

Quentin Letts, The Daily Mail

Cooke’s production has terrific vivacity. The performances are superlative. Highly recommended.

Paul Taylor, The Independent

There are some memorable performances here, too. All members of the central family are performed with brilliance. Jenna Augen as Ada, the daughter who embodies a pastoral socialism, is quiet and collected with moments of brutality. This is a near-perfect production of an astonishing play.

Dan Hutton, Word Press

Jenna Augen and Tom Rosenthal make auspicious professional debuts as daughter and son Ada and Ronnie.

Gareth James, What’s on Stage

You cry at “Chicken Soup”, you guffaw at “Inspector” and you shiver at “Richard”, and you go home feeling perhaps a little less burdened. Of the three, “Chicken Soup” is the most successfully sustained. What Mr. Cooke’s beautifully acted production, which also stars Danny Webb as Sarah’s passivity-curdled husband, brings out so well is the sense of life as attrition, of the inevitable decline of human hopes and health over time.

Ben Brantley, The New York Times

… daughter Ada ( the persuasive Jenna Augen ) …

David Finkle, Theatre Mania, London Calling

Ten years later, daughter Ada ( touching Jenna Augen ) …

Judi Herman, All About Jewish Theatre

 

 

 


As Fairy Goody in “Sleeping Beauty” at The Birmingham Repertory Theatre

Well known characters are given a fresh look, often with a 21st Century twist. Most notable among these is Jenna Augen’s down-to-earth Fairy Goody. The fairy’s personality is infectious and with the lightest of touches, Augen holds things together. She has a childlike quality, too, with which the younger members of the audience will easily identify. I like the way the Wicked Fairy (or witch) is done away with and full responsibility falls on this one fairy’s shoulders.

Rod Dungate, Reviews Gate

But holding the show together is Goody ( Jenna Augen, who is tremendous ) …

Richard Edmonds, The Stage

…and it must be said that Jenna Augen is a real gem as Fairy Goody. She is a definite star, amusing with her Yorkshire accent and impressing with her singing voice.

Paul Marston, The Tamworth Herald

The story was told from the point of view of a fairy, Goody, who is certainly not your quintessential fairy in that she is smelly, grubby, is not in possession of all of her wings and her ability to cast spells is fast diminishing. However, one soon warms to her quirky charm and she is so excellently portrayed by Jenna Augen, who certainly is one of the stars of the play.

Sue Cartwright, The Public Reviews ( 5 stars )

Jenna Augen is delightful as Fairy Goody.

Diane Parkes, The Birmingham Mail

Jenna Augen is great as the disheveled fairy who spends much of the play trying to right the wrongs her ailing magic has caused.

Bev Holder, Stourbridge News

The mood is lightened by the play’s many colorful characters. We have, for instance, Goody the fairy (Jenna Augen) who is instantly likeable and comical; bouncing around the stage and struggling to contain her wind as she casts her spells. This is a superb show. It is full of laugh-out-loud moments. …Highly recommended.

David Lumb, Express and Star

Jenna Augen makes a very feisty fairy.

Lorne Jackson, The Birmingham Post

Our guide for the whole affair is Goody (Jenna Augen) who appears to be a Yorkshire fairy, who also has a magic-related digestive problem…whenever she does a spell… and that is a surefire laughing trigger for any small child – or bloke up to the age of… well death really. An excellent cast, well directed and a cracking script. What more could you ask ? It is magic.

Roger Clarke, Behind the Arras ( 5 stars )

His central figure is the fairy (Jenna Augen), a dilapidated, earthy spirit who has waited a century amid writhing thorns for a prince to rescue the Beauty…

Libby Purves, The Times of London

 

 

 

 


As Foible in “The Way of the World” at The Chichester Festival Theatre

There are several things to admire. How ageless the pre-nup negotiations between Millamant (Claire Price) and Mirabell (Jo Stone-Fewings) sound. Jeremy Swift has fun as country bumpkin Sir Wilfull Witwoud – he plays a drunk scene particularly brilliantly. Robin Pearce has flashes of welcome energy as the servant Waitwell and Jenna Augen, playing Waitwell’s wife, Foible, lifts the pace when she is on the bare, gilt-shiny stage.

Quentin Letts, The Daily Mail

There was some great comic and character acting. Particularly noteworthy were the two fops, Witwoud and Petulant (Giles Taylor and Christopher Logan) who had something of the ugly sisters about them, and a great performance by Jenna Augen as Foible, the maid to Penelope Keith’s Lady Wishfort.

Kay Turk, Easthampshire.org

 

 

 

 

 


As Irma Lurchman in “Delicious Rivers” at Smith College

…Among the most refreshing aspects of the present production is Jenna Augen’s virtually flawless comic savvy.

Joseph MarcelloHampshire Gazette