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David Baddiel's story of a Muslim man who discovers he is Jewish unfolds in a series of inventive, often very funny encounters, says Philip French

Ethnic identity and the troubling competition between religious groups have been perennial subjects for both tragedy and comedy, and for the melodramatic and sentimental spaces in between. Now with The Infidel, the author and Jewish stand-up David Baddiel, one of the sharpest and funniest men in Britain, has thrown himself into the fray at a time when the stakes are perhaps higher than ever before. Will he succeed where others have failed and how would his success be measured?

One of the most popular plays of the 1920s, Abie's Irish Rose, about the love affair between young Jewish and Irish New Yorkers, is now remembered largely for a couplet in Rogers and Hart's "Manhattan" ("Our future babies we'll take to Abie's Irish Rose/ I »

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