Promising a “pitch-black romantic comedy about true love, politics, and two millennia of inherited trauma”; Jew…ish pitches itself as about a young couple who “are in love; with amphetamines, the Palestine Liberation Organisation, and ooh, Jeremy Corbyn”.
By my count there was: a single reference to Corbyn (in song), two Momentum jokes (one funny), zilch PLO gags, and a brief reference to “doing amphetamine on the Portobello Road”. For such a playful show “pitch-black” is pushing it too. But hey, if the product is good, what’s wrong with a bit of false advertising?
The drama revolves around the tempestuous relationship of a Jew and a goy, and their faltering attempts to grow up. TJ (Edie Newman) is a performance artist with radical politics and a plummy accent. Max (co-writer Saul Boyer) is a neurotic aspiring comedian with an overbearing family. Their fights and flirtations are electric. When TJ seduces Max after they ruin a friend’s wedding it’s pitch-perfect. Newman plays a mix of intimacy, sexuality, and comedy beautifully. And Boyer’s awkward energy is a joy to watch.