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Stephen Fedo and Joyce Piven have created story-theater adaptations of four tales by Grace Paley, Bernard Malamud, Isaac Loeb Peretz, and Isaac Bashevis Singer. Simply and eloquently performed in a small space with a minimum of stage effects, they're enchanting. Even the weakest of them, a cloying look at plucky street kids in a Jewish ghetto, entertains. And the best of the brood, Malamud's seriocomic tale of a poor rabbinical student searching for a wife, is quite moving thanks to Michael Stock's sensitive performance. Piven, who directs, must deserve some credit for this production's power, but her style is so subtle and seamless that figuring out where her direction ends and the performances begin is virtually impossible. Through 12/18: Thu-Sat 7:30 PM, Sun 2:30 PM. No shows 11/24-11/27. Piven Theatre, Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes, Evanston, 847-866-8049. $23-$25.

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