JOHN NATHAN

The Jewish Chronicle - - REVIEWS - THE­ATRE A Dark Night in Dal­ston

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THERE ARE two un­ex­pected pair­ings here. The first is Michelle Collins and Stewart Per­mutt. She is one of the big­gest soap stars in the coun­try while he is a writer of pow­er­ful, char­ac­ter-driven plays, of­ten with Jewish themes. The sec­ond is Gina (Collins) and Gideon (Joe Coen), the chalk and cheese char­ac­ters who pop­u­late Per­mutt’s new twohan­der.

She is a 49-year-old for­mer nurse liv­ing in a tough east Lon­don es­tate and he is a young, ob­ser­vant Jew from Stan­more. One Fri­day, after what turns out to be a reg­u­lar tryst with a non-Jewish girl in Dal­ston, he finds him­self stranded on the wrong side of town after be­ing left dazed and con­fused after an as­sault. Gina takes him in and cares for his wound but, be­cause it’s after sunset,

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