Modern Orthodox

Modern Orthodox $13

Daniel Goldfarb

Published by Dramatists Play Service

2 Male 2 Female

This romantic comedy begins in a Manhattan coffee shop

Ben, an Upper West Side financial consultant, meets Hershel, an Orthodox jewel merchant, to buy an engagement ring

Although both men are Jewish, it is their shared religion that instantly divides them

Tension mounts in the midst of the deal when Ben suggests Hershel remove his yarmulke

Desperate to make the sale, Hershel obliges

In the apartment they share, Ben proposes to his girlfriend, Hannah, a sensitive yet strong-minded doctor

Hannah accepts, but the moment is muddled by mixed emotions for each of them and the sudden and unexpected arrival of Hershel on their doorstep!

Frantic and frenzied, Hershel recounts that since he removed his yarmulke, his life has fallen apart

Hershel moves in with Ben and Hannah and they begin the task of putting his life back together ...

By finding him a bride!

A modern couple, they turn to the Internet for matchmaker

On Shabbat, Hannah arrives home from a long day at the hospital, upset

Although Hershel has never been alone with a woman before, he offers Hannah comfort and support, which leads to a kiss

Hershel goes out on his first date with Rachel, the online suitor

As Hershel discovers his love for Rachel, Ben and Hannah rediscover their love

Three months later, Ben and Hershel meet again, as changed men, no longer divided by their faith, having

They have learned something from each other, and each couple is now ready to embark on married life


"A sharp, snappy romantic comedy" ~ NY Times

"Daniel Goldfarb has written an adorable romantic comedy with belly laughs about love and sex and faith and friendship" ~ Variety

"Hilarious. There are lots of belly laughs, thanks to playwright Daniel Goldfarb's ability to craft genuinely funny one-liners" ~ NY Post

"The place of conservatism in the modern world can be a polarizing topic. In Modern Orthodoxy ... it also happens to be a potent source of comedy. Goldfarb's writing hints at classic comedy films of the 1940s or 1950s, with some exchanges seeming as though they could have been written for Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn" ~ Associated Press

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