Hell in a Handbag Productions Presents LADY X Review – Campy At Its Finest


Hell in a Handbag Production’s latest creation is the hilarious LADY X. While some comedies may give you time to breathe between laughs, this production will never let you catch your breath. The show is a perfect blend of campy comedy, old Hollywood references and witty double entendres.

Hell in a Handbag - LADY X


We meet a group of dames who work in a seedy nightclub recently taken over by the sister of a mob boss. As in the classic melodramas of the 1930’s and 1940’s, the plot involves murder, sex, drugs and clever banter.

If you love classic Hollywood, you will appreciate the affectionate parody the show offers. All the usual classic Hollywood dames are portrayed. We see the sassy and willful leader, the aging spinster, the ditzy broad and, of course, the innocent. It’s the closest any of us will get to seeing Mae West or Rita Hayworth in Gilda live on stage.

Hell in a Handbag - LADY X


It’s not difficult to imagine the entire cast getting together and watching old movies together in preparation for their roles. It seems as if each role has been perfectly cast. Christea Parent is brilliantly sassy as Mary Dwight. Even if her uncanny comedic timing had even been slightly lacking, her mannerisms are perfectly fitting to the era.

Caitlin Jackson, as one of the many talented dames, has a voice that could fill a room 50 times the size of the intimate space of Mary’s Attic. Elizabeth Lesinski creates a lovable but moronic woman that makes the crowd roar with laughter anytime she opens her mouth.

Hell in a Handbag - LADY X

The moving between on and off stage becomes part of the gag as well. Often, what is going on in the shadows or behind some scenery is even more comedy on the side or behind other comedy. Frankly, it might be worth seeing the show more than once.

At no point was the crowd quiet. If they weren’t laughing, they were cheering or hissing at the villain. This is not a show for people who are looking for traditional or stuffy theatre. This is a show for those looking for a good time. The show is well-suited for the space it uses and the crowd is encouraged to drink during the performance. It is loud, it is glitzy and it is endlessly entertaining.

Hell in a Handbag - LADY X
Hell in a Handbag - LADY X

Photos by Rick Aguilar Studios


Top Pick For: People who love old Hollywood and Comedy
Not recommended for: People looking for a quiet evening of theatre

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April 21 - June 17, 2017

Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30PM
Sundays at 6:00PM

* No performances Sunday, May 7 or Sunday, June 4


Mary’s Attic
5400 N. Clark, Chicago


$26 in advance
$30 at tthe door

VIP Tickets with cocktail $38

Online at www.handbagproductions.org


Note: An excerpt of this review appears in Theatre in Chicago.

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