What is truth — what you believe or what other people tell you to believe? And if you deny your own truth, what will happen to your faith?
Howard Rypp (a Winnipegger now living in Tel Aviv) brings great sympathy to I.B. Singer’s gentle character Gimpel the Fool.
Poor Gimpel. Is he crazy or is he just foolish? Since childhood, he has believed any story a person tells him, in the hope, he says, that it would do them some good. As a youngster he is frightened by children pretending to be dogs, or fooled into believing the Messiah has come. He is fooled into marrying the town prostitute only to learn that her children are not his.
Gimpel is the model of patience and humility in this Yiddish tale, but these qualities can wear a person down. What happens to Gimpel when it becomes to much? Will his patience and faith redeem him? Gimpel’s story is both engaging and frustrating, but ultimately, it lifts.
— Wendy Burke
From the official Fringe Festival program:
The classic story by Nobel Laureate I.B. Singer, this production has been presented in Israel, Egypt, Scotland, England and Austria.
"A tight production of high standards…an artform on its own terms…Great entertainment!" - Edinburgh Guide
"Howard Rypp gives a captivating performance." - The Star
RECOMMENDED: General Audience
Venue#4 Onstage at the Playhouse 180 Market Ave (Entrance on John Hirsch Pl)
Discount Tickets: $6 for Matinees, Students, Seniors
Under 12 not admitted.