Jewish humor takes the stage in NJT’s production of ‘Old Jews Telling Jokes’

Clockwise from left: Johanna Elkana-Hale, Craig Neuman, Stellie Siteman, Bobby Miller and Dave Coopersteinstar in the New Jewish Theatre production of ‘Old Jews Telling Jokes,’ which runs May 8 to June 1. Photo: John Lamb

The New Jewish Theatre’s 2013-14 season closes with “Old Jews Telling Jokes,” which explores the world of Jewish humor and helps us to understand the value humor has in our lives. Peter Gethers and Daniel Okrent adapted this revue from the popular website of the same name, which includes video clips of real people telling jokes. 

The NJT production — as with the original New York production — avoids this strategy, casting real actors instead to provide a mix of songs and monologues, but mostly jokes. 

“Old Jews Telling Jokes” mines mothers, fathers, bubbes, and zaydes for comic gelt. 

Some of these jokes are familiar, some naughty and some downright bawdy—but all are aimed at making you laugh ‘til you plotz

Edward Coffield directs the production, which features Dave Cooperstein, Johanna Elkana-Hale, Bobby Miller, Craig Neuman and Stellie Siteman. The show runs May 8 to June 1 in the JCC’s Wool Studio Theatre, 2 Millstone Campus Drive. Tickets range from $37 to $41 and are available at or from the NJT box office at 313-442-3283.