By Linda Amiel Burns
Jackie Hoffman stars in "Scraping the Bottom at Baruch!" as part of Baruch’s Performing Arts Center series ‘Solo in the City: Jewish Women, Jewish Stars’ throughout the month of March, 2013
Jackie Hoffman is a comedian and actress who has appeared in three Broadway musicals: Xanadu, Hairspray and The Adams Family. However, she is mostly known for her one-woman riotous theater shows consisting of Jewish themed original songs and monologues and has appeared at Joe’s Pub and opened Broadway’s nightclub, 54 Below.
Jackie has lots of fans who packed the Engleman Recital Hall at Baruch on Saturday evening, March 9th with the show she called, "Scraping the Bottom at Baruch!" It is part of a series scheduled throughout the month of March 2013: "Solo in the City: Jewish Women, Jewish Stars." She had the audience rolling in the aisles with her irreverent style and elastic facial expressions. One of the best quotes describing this funny girl says "the hilariously grumpy Jackie Hoffman is a throwback to the golden age of nightclub acts, when performers overflowed with larger-than-life personality. Don’t worry that she’s mellowed out: Her robust whine gets even better with age."
Yes, whine and "kvetch" she did- about her life, work, and the women in her family "who forget everything but grudges." Her sharp observations were interspersed with original songs with the terrific Bobby Peaco at the piano who wrote some of them with her. The songs were great and covered various subjects from Jews who pretend to be Buddhists, the holiday Shavout (Sha-vou-us), women on the Upper West Side, risking your life for sex, child actors, her husband who takes too long to "get to the point" and her worship of medications with "They All Know Who I Am at The Rite-Aid."
Jackie is a graduate of Chicago’s Second City, so her act feels improvised and spontaneous. You never know what is going to come out of her mouth next and she doesn’t seem to care if what she says is tasteless. That is Jackie’s charm that she can be adorable and vulgar at the same time.
Below is the March schedule of shows.
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Sandra Bernhard… Fri, Mar 8, 2013 @ 8pm
Jackie Hoffman… Sat, Mar 9, 2013 @ 8pm
Tovah Feldshuh… Sun, Mar 10, 2013 @ 2pm
Sheba Mason… Wed, Mar 13, 2013 @ 7:30pm
Rachael Sage… Thu, Mar 28, 2013 @ 7:30pm
Inna Faliks… Sat, Mar 30, 2013 @ 8pm
Judy Gold… Sun, Mar 31, 2013 @ 2pm
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