Tag: Hell in a Handbag Productions

"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 »

"Sexy Baby" (Hell in a Handbag): Crowning A Sleazement

"Sexy Baby" (Hell in a Handbag):  Crowning A Sleazement
#113.  I’m from a three generation tiara family.  I have one. My mom has one.  My niece has one.  Sparkly accessory perched on a head?!  We totally get it.  Who doesn’t want to be crowned the winner?  It doesn’t really matter if it’s awarded or self-appointed.  Nothing dazzles like jeweled headgear. Hell in a Handbag... Read more »

Chicago Theatre Off Book Chats to Hell in a Handbag, about Lookingglass and MORE!

Chicago Dramatists, and Collaboraction.  In addition, we chat about comedy with David Cerda from Hell in a Handbag and almost with Kelly Leonard from Second City.  And of course, we have a new Got A Minute? segment from a local playwright.  Have a listen!  Plus, don’t forget to pick your favorite among the five finalists with  HONOR AWARDS 2011. This episode of Chicago Theatre Off Book was partially underwritten... Read more »

"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 "Lady X": The Cat's Meow!

Hell in a Handbag Productions presents   Lady X   Written by David Cerda Directed by Derek Czaplewski at Mary’s Attic, 5400 N. Clark (map) through June 19th  |  tickets: $15-$20  |  more info reviewed by Katy Walsh  ‘These are laugh lines.’ ‘Must have been one hell of a joke!’ Hell in a Handbag Productions... Read more »

"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 »

Rudolph the Red-Hosed Reindeer Review: Not Your Daddy's Rudolph!

Hell in a Handbag Productions presents: Rudolph the Red-Hosed Reindeer  Book and Lyrics by David CerdaMusic by David Cerda with Scott LambertyDirected by Derek CzaplewskiAt Mary’s Attic (5400 N. Clark Street) thru January 2nd (ticket info) A red panty-wearing reindeer, a boozy hag Mrs. Claus, and an elf with dental aspirations: two of these three... Read more »