Isaac Bashevis Singer's Chelm stories are rife with laughter and insight on the nature of humanity. Chelm is populated by foolish people; nonetheless, these fools often stumble on the truth -- sometimes tuchus first, but it doesn't always matter how you get there, it's where you end up. In Robert Brustein's musical adaptation of these stories, Shlemiel the First
, the shlemiel in question is named Shlemiel. The village elders send him on a journey to share Chelm's wisdom with the wider world, and this journey brings poor Shlemiel to a world that's slightly less foolish, but still in need of a good-hearted simpleton. It's a rollicking story of ending up right where you belong, with many a detour along the way, set to a boisterous klezmer score performed by a live band. The New Jewish Theatre gets foolish at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday (May 16 through June 9) at the Wool Studio Theatre at the Jewish Community Center (2 Millstone Campus Drive, Creve Coeur; 314-442-3283 or www.newjewishtheatre.org
). Tickets are $35 to $39.
Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays. Starts: May 16. Continues through June 9, 2013