Ba-da-bing! Bisantz directs ‘Old Jews Telling Jokes’

Apr 12, 2015

From The Lowell Sun

By Nancye Tuttle, Sun Correspondent
Updated:  04/06/2015 08:55:45 AM EDT

So you think you’ve heard every Jewish joke out there, right?

Not necessarily, a fact you’ll discover with Old Jews Telling Jokes, Peter Gethers and Daniel Okrent’s off-Broadway hit playing Arlington’s Regent Theatre April 15-May 17.

Directed by Jerry Bisantz, one of Lowell’s favorite funny men and co-founder of Image Theater, the play features five local actors in a joke-filled revue that pays tribute to and reinvents classic jokes from the past and present.

Besides the jokes, there are comic songs, some new and some old, plus tributes to some giants of the comedy world and the brilliant raconteurs.

The show earned kudos in New York, including a New York Times rave, calling it “hilarious, magnificent, enduring rhythm of Jewish humor.”

The cast of actors/singers includes young and old, Jewish and non-Jewish talent.

And that, notes press material, “makes the point that you don’t have to be Jewish to love this show. Jewish humor is universal and it is the essence of American humor.”

But you may want to keep the kids home, since there is adult material being bandied about. It’s recommended for ages 17 and up.

Show times are Wednesdays, 2 and 7 p.m.; Thursdays, 7 p.m.; Fridays, 8 p.m.; Saturdays, 2 and 8 p.m.; and Sundays, 2 p.m. Tickets $45-$65 at 781-646-4849 or