Jackie Hoffman to Kvetch Into August at Joe's Pub

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Jackie Hoffman, who plays Prudy Pingleton and a handful of other characters in the Tony-winning musical Hairspray, has extended her one-woman show at Joe's Pub.
Jackie Hoffman in Hairspray
Jackie Hoffman in Hairspray Photo by Joan Marcus

Entitled The Kvetching Continues, Hoffman has scheduled new shows for July 19 and Aug. 2. There is a possibility that the production will find further life in the fall.

The Kvetching Continues began life in March, playing Monday nights. It then added dates through June 28. In her newest comedy routine, the comedic actress skewers her Broadway debut and also offers a handful of original songs, including "Three Minutes on Broadway"; a reworking of Stephen Sondheim's "I'm Still Here," sung from the perspective of a spoiled child actress; a tribute to the Jewish holiday "Shavuot"; "Eurotrash," based on her recent let-down-of-a-trip to Italy; and "Gay Baby," a lament about the unavailability of her gay friends (and former playmates) who are now having children.

She also tells of her mother's chronic fear that she will lose her job ("Does everyone get a vacation?"), having the job of understudy to the Hairspray role of Velma Von Tussle taken away from her; of being denied the chance to audition for the current revival of Fiddler on the Roof ("I ran to my agent and said `Look at me!'"); and her role in the upcoming John Waters film as a chronic masturbator (he mother's reaction: "Well, next time maybe you'll be a little more choosy"). Included in the show are satiric jabs at such Broadway figures as Bernadette Peters, Mary Tyler Moore, John Selya, Matthew Broderick and Ben Brantley.

The Kvetching Continues is directed by Michael Schiralli with musical direction by Dave Brunetti.

Jackie Hoffman received a Theatre World Award for her work in Hairspray. Her other theatrical credits include Book of Liz (Obie Award), Straightjacket, Incident at Cobbler's Knob and One Woman Shoe (Jeff Award). Hoffman has been seen on screen in "Legally Blonde II," "Kissing Jessica Stein," "Large's Ark," "Mo' Money" and "Freaky Friday." Joe's Pub is located at 425 Lafayette Street, between East 4th Street and Astor Place. Tickets are available at the Public Theater's box office or by calling (212) 539-8778.

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