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Telling jokes is a Jewish tradition that has helped the culture survive anything with a smile. The new show at the Westside Arts Theatre, “Old Jews Telling Jokes,” keeps that tradition alive. You will find yourself laughing despite what ethnicity you are. These jokes are funny and the wonderful cast that tells them each has their own unique brand of delivery. Peter Gethers and Daniel Okrent have adapted this revue from a popular that bares the same name. If you go to the site you will be treated to video clips of real people telling jokes. The show, live on stage, mixes songs, monologues and jokes into a delightful evening.
There are times you feel as if you have stepped into the past but director Marc Bruni keeps things up to date by organizing the jokes into categories. My favorites were in the sex section with putting words in my mouth and ketchup.
The actors include: the perfect guilt laying Jewish mother Marilyn Sokol, the deadpan Todd Susman, the high strung and prolific Lenny Wolpe and the two younger actors Audrey Lynn Weston and Bill Army that prove these jokes are a time honored tradition and will live on and on and on.
If you need a lift, because life is getting you down, have Jewish friends, relatives or people who need humor in their life, “Old Jews Telling Jokes” is a must for them and you. It is my prediction that show will run until time runs out.
“Old Jews Telling Jokes” at the Westside Theater, 407 West 43rd Street