Jackie Hoffman grows a little frustrated trying remember how many seats are in the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Renberg Theatre.
The hilarious stage, television, and movie veteran finally gives up and says, “I don’t care how many seats there are as long as there are asses in them!”
For the record, there are 200 seats in the theater and Hoffman hopes to fill every one of them for a three-night run of her latest one-woman show, Memoircita, which runs May 11 through 13.
Hoffman was a scene-stealer in last year’s FX series Feud: Bette and Joan as Joan Crawford’s long-suffering maid, Mamacita. The performance not only earned her an Emmy nomination, it gained her even more LGBT fans.
“If it were not for the gay community, I would be lost,” Hoffman says. “Wherever I go, LGBT fans find me. They are my favorite audience to play to. Since playing Mamacita, I’m even more recognized. It used to be, ‘We love you Jackie!’ and now it’s, ‘Mamacita!’”
Her stand-out performance as Mamacita was all the more remarkable because most of her scenes were with Jessica Lange, who got raves for her layered portrayal of Crawford. The anthology series depicted the legendary clashes between Crawford and Bette Davis (Susan Sarandon) during and after the making of What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?
“You really can’t imagine working on a project like that,” Hoffman says. “It did far exceed my expectations in terms of how beautiful and elegant it was.”
At the Renberg, audiences can expect some dish about Feud and a lot more.
“I don’t want to tip my hand before the show,” says Hoffman, a veteran of Chicago's famed Second City comedy troupe. “I will say that Jessica was incredibly cool, but she was Joan Crawford and she doesn’t f*** around. There were times it was truly frightening. There’s also Broadway dish in the show.”
Broadway has long loved Hoffman. She most recently played Mrs. Teavee in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and her other credits include roles in Hairspray, Xanadu, The Addams Family, and On the Town. She was also the leading lady in the recent Off-Broadway revival of Once Upon a Mattress. Her previous solo comedy performances have had such evocative titles as If You Call This Living, The Kvetching Continues, Jackie Hoffman's Hanukkah, A Chanukah Charol, Jackie's Kosher Khristmas, and Jackie's Valentine's Day Massacre.
Memoircita isn’t Hoffman’s first time at the Renberg. She last appeared there seven years ago in a 50th birthday show.
“I’m thrilled to come back,” she says. “It’s such a great place to be. A lot has changed in the world since I’ve last been there which I will reflect on in my opening number.”
Hoffman wrote Memoircita with Michael Schiralli, who also directs. The show’s musical director is Bobby Peaco.
The Renberg Theatre is located inside the Center’s The Village at Ed Gould Plaza, 1125 N. McCadden Place, Hollywood. For tickets go to lalgbtcenter.org/theatre or call the box office at 323-860-7300. General admission tickets are $30. The Saturday, May 12, show offers a $60 VIP ticket, which includes a post-show hosted bar and catered reception with Ms. Hoffman.