"Jackie Hoffman's A Chanukah Charol" at New World Stages, December 8, 2012
Hoffman's kvetching continues with her new show at New World
Stages. "A Chanukah Charol" is her riff on Patrick Stewart's one-man "A
Christmas Carol" retelling her trials and tribulations as an actress in
The mood starts with pre-curtain music of a
klezmer band playing Christmas carols. She opens by portraying Mr.
Stewart as the narrator of her tale, and she gives a pretty good
Then, she moves into a mix of her
ongoing existential career crisis that she's not Victoria Clark or
Gertrude Lawrence, along with some new reminiscences of holiday
gatherings with her family. Her Jacob Marley is Molly Picon,
telling of incipient visits from the requisite three ghosts, past
present and future. The cleverest turn of the three is using Shelley
Winters as the Ghost of Chanukah Present.
I've seen just
about all of her annual appearances at Joe's Pub and have to say that as
much as I liked the concept of this show, I missed her songs that have
been part of her cabaret series. At 75 minutes, it's a small commitment
for a bit of fun, Hoffman-style.
"A Chanukah Charol" runs through December 29. Tickets here.