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to close off-Broadway on September 15

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Producers announced today that off-Broadway’s OLD JEWS TELLING JOKES will close on 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."

The show opened in May 2012 and the critics raved:

  • “The jokes are delivered with surgical precision by a cast of comic virtuosos. You’ll laugh your tuchus off.  Convulsively funny.  A couple of visual jokes bring down the house.” - Marilyn Stasio, Variety
  • “A winning concept executed deftly with affection, celebrating many glorious traditions. Would it kill you to pay a visit? It’s all about the jokes.  The borscht belt may be gone, but its cadence is stronger than ever.” -  Jason Zinoman, The New York Times
  • “Just jokes. One after another. And it’s hilarious. The cast are all expert…very funny.” - Michael Musto, The Village Voice
  • “A kosher-pickle barrel of laughs. Proves that funny bones are nondenominational. Five terrific performers…nearly all the jokes are deliciously un-P.C. What’s not to like?” - Joe Dziemianowicz, New York Daily News

The original New York cast wasBill Army, Marilyn Sokol, Todd Susman, Audrey Lynn Weston and Lenny Wolpe. The current cast is Dara Cameron, Chuck Rea, Marilyn Sokol, Todd Susman, and Steve Vinovich.

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, 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.


OLD JEWS TELLING JOKES plays at the Westside Theatre (407 West 43rd Street). 
Tue-Thu @ 7PM, Fri & Sat @ 8PM, Wed & Sat @ 2PM, Sun @ 3PM.
On Sunday September 1, there is an additional performance at 7 PM. (Nine-show week)
On Friday September 13 there is no performance.
On Sunday September 15 there is an additional performance at 7 PM. (Seven-show week). 

Tickets are $82.50 (Tue-Thu) and $87.50 (Fri-Sun) and available at, 212 239 6200.  

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Andrew C. McGibbon



Andrew C. McGibbon has spent the past thirty years working in live theatre as a stage manager, general manager, producer and leader in the convergence of Broadway and online.

Mr. McGibbon worked as a stage manager and general manager for ten years. In 1994 he created a website devoted to live theatre, The site was subsequently bought by, and became He continued to manage the site for Playbill for four years. In 2000 he became the website manager for With the 2008-09 season he finished his ninth year on the show. He has also worked as a webmaster for the Broadway LeagueJazz at Lincoln Center, and as the Director of Digital Media for the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.

Since 2015, Andrew has been working as an architectural photographer and virtual tour photographer known for his photography of theatres such as the Kimmel Center, Tanglewood, Signature Theatre Company, Roundabout Theatre Company, Arena Stage and the Goodspeed Opera House. His photography work can be previewed at

Mr. McGibbon is a member of the American Theatre Critics Association, the Independent Theatre Bloggers AssociationActors' Equity Association and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, as well as the American Society of Media Photographers

In addition to his work in the theatrical industry, Mr. McGibbon is also a partner in Simple Solutions Distributing, a manufacturer of filtration equipment for the waste-water industry.

Photo: Elizabeth Leitzell