Hell in a Handbag Announces Cast and Creatives for BEWILDERED

Hell in a Handbag Announces Cast and Creatives for BEWILDERED

Pictured: David Cerda, Kira Gaudynski, and Caitlin Jackson. Hell in a Handbag Productions has announced casting for the world premiere of BEWILDERED, a musical parody of the classic TV sitcom Bewitched, told from the perspective of Gladys Kravitz, Samantha Stephens’ iconic nosy neighbor. Directed and choreographed by Brigitte Ditmars, the...

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David Cerda to Receive Special Jeff Award

David Cerda to Receive Special Jeff Award

More than 200 members of the Chicago theater community signed a recommendation that the 2017 Non-Equity Special Jeff Award be given to David Cerda — the co-founder and Artistic Director of Hell in a Handbag Productions — for his theatrical and charitable contributions.

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Review: LADY X: THE MUSICAL at Hell in a Handbag Productions

Review: LADY X: THE MUSICAL at Hell in a Handbag Productions

Hell in a Handbag Productions begins its 15th season with a bang. LADY X: THE MUSICAL is a campy noir musical. Coupled with a few cocktails, it is the perfect antidote to escape this dumpster fire world.

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Musicalized LADY X Replaces VALLEY! in Handbag’s Season

Musicalized LADY X Replaces VALLEY! in Handbag’s Season

Hell in a Handbag Productions announced today it will open its 15th season with the world premiere of LADY X – A MUSICAL, an adaptation of their 2010 play of the same name. LADY X will replace the previously announced musical VALLEY! from April 21 – June 11 at Mary’s Attic. LADY X – A MUSICAL takes on the black...

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VALLEY OF THE DOLLS, BEWITCHED, and THE GOLDEN GIRLS Get the Handbag Treatment in 2017 Season

VALLEY OF THE DOLLS, BEWITCHED, and THE GOLDEN GIRLS Get the Handbag Treatment in 2017 Season

Hell in a Handbag Productions has announced it’s 15th anniversary season featuring favorites from years past, as well as a world premiere by artistic director David Cerda.

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Handbag Has Cast and Production Team for RIP NELSON HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR

Handbag Has Cast and Production Team for RIP NELSON HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR

Pictured: Ed Jones Hell in a Handbag has announced casting and production team for THE RIP NELSON HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR written by David Cerda. Directed by Steve Love, the production features Ed Jones (Rip Nelson), Chazie Bly (Bruce Jenner), Kristopher Bottrall (Janet Lennon), Tommy Bullington (Dom Deluise), Alexa Castelvecchi (Liza Minnelli), Grant...

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Handbag Announces Cast for SKOOBY DON’T

Handbag Announces Cast for SKOOBY DON’T

Hell in a Handbag Productions announced casting today for its premiere of SKOOBY DON’T, David Cerda’s parody of the cartoon classic, directed by Derek Van Barham, following the adventures of four adults – Scaggy, Fredd, Velva and Daffy – who wear the same clothes every day while driving around in a van with...

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DIVINE SISTER is Divine at Hell in a Handbag

DIVINE SISTER is Divine at Hell in a Handbag

Chicago theater boasts no shortage of pop cultural parody shows, but Hell in a Handbag’s production of THE DIVINE SISTER rises above this description. In the grand camp tradition, playwright Charles Busch’s witty and raunchy send-up celebrates the peculiar fascination Hollywood held with nuns in the 1960s. And what better subjects could there be for female impersonation? Cloisters of chaste, devout, dramatic, beautiful characters ripe for fictional scandal. Busch’s script takes advantage of every nun cliche in the canon—visions from God, desperate campaigns to build a new school for the children (the children!) and of course, sexual liaisons between the sisters.

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