Posts tagged "Ed Jones"

"The Birds" (Hell in a Handbag): Riotously Funny!

"The Birds" (Hell in a Handbag):  Riotously Funny!
When it came to finding a leading lady for the follow-up to his 1960 hit Psycho, Alfred Hitchcock cast a wide net after being rebuffed by his original choice, Grace Kelly. He eventually discovered a blond-haired, blue-eyed doppelganger in the form of a young Midwestern model named Nathalie “Tippi” Hedren who made her screen debut in “The Birds”... Read more »

"L'Imitation of Life" (Hell in a Handbag Productions): Racy and Drag-alicious!

"L'Imitation of Life" (Hell in a Handbag Productions):  Racy and Drag-alicious!
Hell in a Handbag Productions presents L’IMITATION OF LIFE.  Lana Turner has just gotten away with murder.  Her daughter Suzie was acquitted of the stabbing death of Turner’s lover.  Now, the actress just wants a ‘normal life’ as defined by her as ‘becoming a legendary Broadway star’!  When Suzie befriends Sara Jane, a light-skinned Negro... Read more »

“White Trash Wedding and a Funeral” (Factory Theater): Kicking Off a 20th Anniversary Season with a Shot to the Face

“White Trash Wedding and a Funeral” (Factory Theater): Kicking Off a 20th Anniversary Season with a Shot to the Face
Reviewed by Jasleen Jaswal Vines Big name theaters in Chicago garner a lot of attention (and deservedly so) for the quality of their productions and the stars that grace their stage (for a current example, check out the media frenzy over “The Iceman Cometh”). Often overlooked are smaller Chicago theater companies that fly under the... Read more »
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"Rudolph the Red-Hosed Reindeer" (Hell in a Handbag Productions): Cerda's *Naughty* Side of Xmas

Every year, I see a lot of *nice* holiday shows.  And maybe just one *naughty* one!  Hell in a Handbag Productions presents Rudolph the Red-Hosed Reindeer.  Playwright David Cerda takes the beloved children’s classic “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and slaps some ruffled red panties on it.  It’s a little familiar and a whole lot funny. ... Read more »

Review "TROGG! A Musical: Cerda-fiable, Fun-loving, Kitschy Comedy!

Audio Podcast at ITUNES  Chicago Theatre Reviews for Week of June 2nd   Narrated by Joshua Volkers Hell in a Handbag Productions presents TROGG! A Musical At Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division Books and lyrics by David Cerda with Cheryl Snodgrass and Taylor E. Rodd Music by David Cerda and Taylor E. Ross Directed by Scott... Read more »

Review "The Rip Nelson Halloween Spooktacular": A Tricky Treat

Hell in a Handbag Productions presents THE RIP NELSON HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULARAt Mary’s Attic, 5400 N. ClarkWritten by David CerdaDirected by Cheryl SnodgrassFridays and Saturdays at 7:30 Thru November 6th Added October 31st at 7:30Buy TicketsRunning Time:  Approximately sixty minutes with no intermission Reviewed by Katy Walsh Wooga – Wooga!   It’s 1976!  Television programming is all... Read more »
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"Poseidon! An Upsidedown Musical" Theatre Review: Tragic Success

Poseidon! An Upsidedown Musical Hell in a Handbag Productions The Chopin Theatre Chicago, Illinois September 24, 2009 When the first wave hit me, I was a little disoriented. Someone’s living room, prominence of the nurse and Indian lady characters, and the female lead in a magenta polyester jumpsuit? I had been told to re-watch The... Read more »