"Saturday Night Live" alum Tim Kazurinsky had standing ovations Sunday as he completed his time as one of the favorite funny headliners with the stage hit "Old Jews Telling Jokes," at Royal George Theatre, 1641 N. Halsted St. in Chicago, after being with the production since it launched last September.
A new block of tickets on sale for performances through Sunday, March 30, just went on sale, and Bob Amaral steps in this week for Kazurinsky for the remaining run as part of the quintet of Chicago smiles that also feature all-star talents Dara Cameron, Alex Goodrich, Renee Matthews and Gene Weygandt.
Created by Peter Gethers and Daniel Okrent, "Old Jews Telling Jokes" is directed by Marc Bruni and showcases the five actors in this 90-minute, no intermission comedy 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, including Alan King and mentions of Mel Brooks, The Three Stooges, Soupy Sales, Shelley Berman and others.
This stage idea was inspired by OldJewsTellingJokes.com, the website created by Sam Hoffman. The Off-Broadway production of "Old Jews Telling Jokes"opened to rave reviews in May 2012 at the Westside Theatre in New York City, where it ran for more than a year.
This show is a funny way to chase away the winter blues and boredom. Be warned, it is adult humor in some instances, as it skewers subjects like love, marriage, sex with some blue moments, but it's all in good fun.
Amaral, who steps in now for the spot vacated by Kazurinsky, was Max Bialystock in the national Broadway tour of "The Producers," along with a host of other Broadway and television credits.
This stage show is also welcoming some famous celebrity faces from Chicago to join the cast on stage and yuck it up. Chicago mystery writer Sara Paretsky is the guffaw guest of honor Feb. 5 and her appearance with the show benefits Sisters4Science. Paretsky is the author of some 16 best-selling mystery novels featuring inimitable investigator VI Warshawski, who shares her creator's passion for social justice.
"Old Jews Telling Jokes" is performed 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 5 and 8 p.m. Saturdays and 2 and 5 p.m. Sundays. Also, 2 p.m. Wednesday matinees alternate with Tuesday evening performances.
Tickets are $49 and $59 at (312) 988-9000, in person at the box office or discounted for groups of 10 or more are available by calling Group Theater Tix at (312)423-6612 or visiting grouptheatertix.com.