OLD JEWS TELLING JOKES Closes Off-Broadway Today; Heads to Chicago
Off-Broadway's Old Jews Telling Jokes will close today, Sunday September 15. It will have played 22 previews and 552 regular performances. As previously announced, a Chicago production will begin performances at the Royal George Theatre on September 24 and open on October 2.
Co-creator and co-producer Daniel Okrent said, "It's been a blast, watching audiences convulse themselves with laughter for the past 15 months." The other co-creator/co-producer, Peter Gethers, said, "Dan's right -- although they laughed much more at my jokes than at his."
Created by Peter Gethers and Daniel Okrent, Old Jews Telling Jokes is directed by Marc Bruni and showcases five actors in a revue that pays tribute to and reinvents classic jokes of the past and present. The show also features comic songs -- brand new and satisfyingly old - as well as tributes to some of the giants of the comedy world and to OldJewsTellingJokes.com, the website created by Sam Hoffman that inspired the show. If you've ever had a mother, visited a doctor, or walked into a bar with a priest, a rabbi and a frog - Old Jews Telling Jokes will sit in the dark, give you a second opinion, and ask you where you got that.
The rest of the creative team is David Gallo (Set and Video Design); Alejo Vietti (Costume Design); Jeff Croiter (Lighting Design); Peter Fitzgerald/Sound Associates (Sound Design); Steve Channon (Animation) and Adam Wachter (Musical Supervision and arrangements). It is produced by Daniel Okrent and Peter Gethers, and Richard Frankel, Tom Viertel, Steven Baruch and Marc Routh.