Jackie Mason's one-man standup comedy show, Love Thy Neighbor, has announced that it will close Jan. 5 after 237 performances.
A production spokesman said the show is closing because "he's [Mason] looking at other areas of his career."
Love Thy Neighbor is the latest in a series of Mason's one-man shows starting in the late 1980s, including The World According To Me, in which the borscht-belt comedian expounded his view of the world. A lot of his material explores the difference between behavior of people of different ethnic groups, especially those between Jewish people and gentiles, but he's also barbed his routines with political commentary that spared neither conservatives nor liberals. He also takes aim at current fads. His tart commentary on the Starbucks coffee chain earned headlines when Love Thy Neighbor opened.
The closing makes available one of the prime smaller Broadway theatres, the Booth, owned by the Shubert Organziation. In this booking-jammed season, look for the Booth to be re-booked quickly with one of the many shows eagerly circling the New York theatre district. Though the 785-seat house was designed for straight plays, several musicals have played there as well, including Stephen Sondheim's Sunday in the Park With George.
Ironically, Mason's closing will come one day after the scheduled closing of Broadway's other long-running one-man show, Rob Becker's Defending the Caveman at the Helen Hayes Theatre.