EDINBURGH LEE LE­VITT From gritty re­la­tion­ship

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MUSHANDME

Un­der­belly

AM­BI­TIOUS JEWISH girl meets street-talk­ing Mus­lim guy in this hard­hit­ting drama about i nter­faith re­la­tion- ships.

Gabby, played with well­heeled au­then­tic­ity by Daniella Isaacs, and the ar­ro­gant, as­sertive Mush (David Mu­meni), ver­bally joust be­fore love breaks out over a Fri­day-night drink and a guiltily gorged beef­burger — and on a day out at Southend.

All the while, they dis­cuss the pull and the para­doxes of re­li­gion, and the ex­ist- ence, or oth­er­wise, of God. “You won’t eat ba­con, but you’re happy to have sex with a stranger,” Gabby ob­serves tartly in one of many tightly writ­ten ex­changes.

Rosy Ban­ham di­rects the play — writ­ten by Karla Crome, who starred in E4’s com­edy drama Mis­fits — which was in­spired by a con­ver­sa­tion Isaacs had with her 102-year-old great-aunt. The elderly rel­a­tive re­vealed that when she was in her twen­ties, she had bro­ken off a re­la­tion­ship with a Chris­tian man as a re­sult of fam­ily pres­sure. She never mar­ried.

There are some good, re­al­is­tic lines in they play, which, along with the per­va­sive sense of a clash of cul­tures, help to com­pen­sate for the some­what in­con­gru­ous pair­ing of an as­pir­ing lawyer and the mosque-go­ing Mush, who is only just on the right side of the rails.

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ALEX EDEL­MAN: MIL­LEN­NIAL

The Attic, Plea­sance

THE 25-YEAR-OLD Amer­i­can tells his au­di­ence that his first mem­ory of be­ing Jewish was when he was aged six. “My papa told me it means you’ll never be happy and you’ll al­ways want things to be bet­ter.”

“I said, ‘papa, I don’t want to be Jewish’ and he said, ‘that’s the most Jewish thing of all’.”

He ob­vi­ously came to terms with his Ju­daism, go­ing on to study at yeshivah in Jerusalem, and co-found­ing the city’s Off the Wall Com­edy Base­ment club there.

His show fo­cuses on a test he took to as­sess how he mea­sured up as a mil­len­nial — that is, those born be­tween 1983 and 1999, who are cov­eted by ad­ver­tis­ers. But, re­as­sur­ingly, he doesn’t fit neatly into the slots.

Mil­len­nial man: Alex Edel­man

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