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January 14, 2005 | Philip Brandes, Special to The Times
Years of rejection, both professional and romantic, honed the caustic, kvetching persona actress-singer Jackie Hoffman has parlayed into hilarious one-woman shows that have made her a cult figure on the New York club scene. But have recent changes -- including a two-year Broadway stint in "Hairspray" and a steady boyfriend -- undermined the alienated hostility that fuels her edgy performances? Has success softened Jackie Hoffman? Not a chance, thank goodness.
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January 14, 2005 | Philip Brandes, Special to The Times
Years of rejection, both professional and romantic, honed the caustic, kvetching persona actress-singer Jackie Hoffman has parlayed into hilarious one-woman shows that have made her a cult figure on the New York club scene. But have recent changes -- including a two-year Broadway stint in "Hairspray" and a steady boyfriend -- undermined the alienated hostility that fuels her edgy performances? Has success softened Jackie Hoffman? Not a chance, thank goodness.
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January 2, 2005 | Alina Tugend, Special to The Times
Jackie HOFFMAN comes to the door of her Chelsea apartment in a stained white terrycloth robe, bed hair and fuzzy pink slippers. She's not trying to impress anyone. Hoffman, who for more than two years played three roles in the Broadway hit "Hairspray" -- Penny Pingleton's mom, Prudy; a high school gym teacher; and a prison matron -- is taking her one-woman show to L.A. She's appearing at the L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center's Renberg Theatre through Jan. 15.
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January 2, 2005 | Alina Tugend, Special to The Times
Jackie HOFFMAN comes to the door of her Chelsea apartment in a stained white terrycloth robe, bed hair and fuzzy pink slippers. She's not trying to impress anyone. Hoffman, who for more than two years played three roles in the Broadway hit "Hairspray" -- Penny Pingleton's mom, Prudy; a high school gym teacher; and a prison matron -- is taking her one-woman show to L.A. She's appearing at the L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center's Renberg Theatre through Jan. 15.
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July 23, 2009 | Associated Press
"The Addams Family" musical has found a home on Broadway. Its producers said Wednesday the show will open April 8 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. Previews will begin March 4 after a Chicago tryout that starts in mid-November. As previously announced, Nathan Lane will play Gomez and Bebe Neuwirth will be his wife, Morticia, in the production. Also in the cast are Kevin Chamberlin as Uncle Fester, Jackie Hoffman as Grandma and Zachary James as the butler Lurch.
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July 15, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Whoopi Goldberg is going back to Broadway. Goldberg, a co-host on the ABC's "The View," announced on the air Monday that she will appear in the Tony-nominated roller-skating musical "Xanadu" as one of the show's evil sisters, Calliope. Goldberg, 52, has previously been on Broadway with her one-woman show as well as in revivals of "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" and "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom." She begins her six-week "Xanadu" run on July 29, taking over for actress Jackie Hoffman, who will return to the production on Sept.
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March 13, 2002 | KEVIN THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"Kissing Jessica Stein" has the look and feel of a smart, stylish New York romantic comedy in which the principals are articulate and forthright about their intelligence and sophistication. Yet for an American film it is a groundbreaker in exploring the realm of sexual fluidity, and it does so with wit, wisdom and in a completely entertaining fashion.
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June 8, 2008 | Evelyn Nieves, Associated Press
Jackie Hoffman sifted through a laundry bin filled with aging bread, choosing a loaf of white. Like nearly a third of the first 50 customers to arrive at the Emergency Food Bank of Stockton that morning, Hoffman was new to the pantry. But since she lost her sales job at a local newspaper in December, she has not found work in Stockton, which has the highest foreclosure rate in the country and a depressed job market. "I'm down on my luck," Hoffman said, squeezing and sniffing the bread.
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July 24, 2006 | Charles McNulty, Times Staff Writer
The Old Globe's revival of Wendy Wasserstein's 1992 comedy "The Sisters Rosensweig," which opened Thursday, pays homage to what the playwright did best: create roles for women who struggle to balance professional and personal fulfillment in a world dead-set against their having it all. Wasserstein, who died in January at age 55, wrote about characters not unlike herself -- smart, witty, Jewish, aggrieved.
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November 28, 2008 | CHARLES McNULTY, THEATER CRITIC
Men, break out the old cut-offs; ladies, fish out those leg warmers -- we're about to roller-skate back in time. Just keep moving to the heavily synthesized Electric Light Orchestra beat and don't stop boogeying till you reach 1980, the year of Olivia Newton-John's unforgettable pop-disco extravaganza, "Xanadu. " Now wait, where's everybody going? Listen, I know the movie was one of the all-time stinkers, but the stage version is a loopy delight. Well, at least it was on Broadway, where for longer than anyone would have imagined the show was the joker in the jukebox pack.
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March 17, 1995 | SUSAN JAQUES, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Five-year-old Jackie Hoffman carefully hands her drawing of a woman's torso to the most discerning critic possible--older sister Nicole. Moments later, she is paid the ultimate compliment: "Jackie, this is real art." With 200 other children, the sisters create works of art each week at the Monart school in Santa Monica. There, 4-year-olds learn representational drawing and students 8 and older sketch the human body by observing a live model.
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