Category: 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 »

"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 »

7, 26, 3, K, 4: The combination to Rip Shaw before Seagull!

I’m mostly playing the numbers and letter this stretch of 8 in 7! 10.20.10  Seven Brides & Seven Brothers at Drury Lane Oakbrook 10.21.10  26 Miles by Teatro Vista and Rivendell Theatre at Chicago Dramatists 10.22.10  Rip Nelson by Hell in a Handbag Productions at Mary’s Attic 10.23.10  Candide by ChicagoShaw at Ruth Page Theatre 10.23.10  3 Sisters... 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 »