Rachel Creeger: Hinayni! (3 stars)

This article is from 2019

Rachel Creeger: Hinayni!

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A captivating introduction to a comic and her culture

Writer and stand-up Rachel Creeger has had one too many rubbish introductions when gigging so she's penned her own and handed it to an audience member for them to read out loud. In fact the whole hour is Creeger taking the opportunity to do her own introduction as she guides us through her schooldays, marriage, motherhood, and life as the only practising orthodox Jewish woman working on the comedy circuit.

Creeger is great company and the show is captivating – especially if you're not of the same faith or culture – with all her tales filtered through a witty take on life. Given the light currently being shed on anti-Semitism, just talking about herself and her everyday life is important enough, but Creeger notes that no one has ever asked her views on Israel. To hear this intelligent and perceptive woman's take on the bigger issues would be truly absorbing viewing, and the only real criticism of this Hinayni! is that it doesn't shed further light on her opinions. Most of the audience today appeared to be Jewish, which in its own way is a shame as we should all be taking in her show regardless of background.

Underbelly Bristo Square, until 26 Aug (not 17, 24), 12.10pm, £9–£10 (£8–£9).

Rachel Creeger: Hinayni

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