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From the Fringe: ‘Gimpel the Fool’

Fringe review: ‘Gimpel the Fool,’ Nephesh Theatre, Tel Aviv, Israel

By Elizabeth Maupin

The Nobel Prize-winning author Isaac Bashevis Singer gave us some great literature. He also gave musical-theater fans the story that led to the Barbra Streisand movie Yentl. And he gave us “Gimpel the Fool,” a short story steeped in Jewish beliefs about the schlemiel, the wise fool who is blessed by God.

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