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Review: L’imitation of Life (Hell in a Handbag Productions)

Steve Love as Suzie Turner in Hell in a Handbag Production's "L'imitation of Life" by Ricky Graham, directed by Cheryl Snodgrass. (photo credit: Rick Aguilar Studios)       
      
L’imitation of Life 

Written by Ricky Graham
Directed by Cheryl Snodgrass 
at Mary’s Attic, 5400 N. Clark (map)
thru May 10  |  tickets: $15-$22   |  more info
       
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April 8, 2013 | 1 Comment More

Review: Scarrie (Hell in a Handbag Productions)

Alex Grelle (Carrie) and AJ Wright (Tommy) posing pretty for Hell in a Handbag Productions' "SCARRIE" by David Cerda, directed by Cheryl Snodgrass. (photo credit: Rick Aguilar)        
       
SCARRIE: The Musical 

Written by David Cerda 
Directed by Cheryl Snodgrass 
at Mary’s Attic, 5400 N. Clark (map)
thru Nov 10  |  tickets: $22   |  more info
       
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October 11, 2012 | 0 Comments More

Review: Sexy Baby (Hell in a Handbag Productions)

Alex Grelle and Jeremy Myers, Sexy Baby, Hell in Handbag       
      
Sexy Baby 

Written by David Cerda and Scott Lamberty
Directed by Derek Czaplewski 
at Mary’s Attic, 5400 N. Clark (map)
thru June 16  |  tickets: $15-$22   |  more info
       
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May 6, 2012 | 0 Comments More

REVIEW: Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (Circle Theatre)

One small BIG thrill

 The Men of BLWIT

 
Circle Theatre presents
 
The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
 
Book by Larry L. King and Peter Masterson
Music/Lyrics by Carol Hall
Directed and choreographed by Kevin Bellie
Music Direction and new arrangements by Josh Walker
Circle Theatre, 7300 Madison, Forest Park (map)
Thru June 20th (more info)

Reviewed by Katy Walsh

Whores, hookers, ladies of the evening, oh my! – prostitution is the oldest profession in the world and perhaps the most misunderstood. Circle Theatre presents The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, a musical exposing the softer side of the sex trade industry. Based on a true story, a Texas amusement institution has provided adult entertainment over the centuries. During the depression era, pleasure seekers paid for thrills with poultry which led to the nickname, “chicken ranch.” The kind-hearted Michael Gravame and the boys madam, Miss Mona, operates a clean business focused on guest satisfaction. Her well-known establishment has the endorsement and protection of the local sheriff. All that changes, when a television reporter crusades to shut it down. The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas isn’t your street corner hooker production, however. It’s your high class call girl with impressive moves and a revolving wardrobe ensuring your fantasy investment reaps multiple benefits.

This show is all about the show. Twenty-five cast members with multiple costume and wig changes dress up this non-stop energetic production. Under the direction and choreography of Kevin Bellie, musical numbers are a visual spectacle. Bellie chooses to make The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas a love affair instead of a “quickie.”  Hookers to TV back-up singers to cheerleaders to reporters, Bellie uses a large number of the chorus in every scene. This choice adds dimensionality to the depth of the songs and dances. Going “Texas-style big” aids a few sound issues. For some of the solo singing moments, it’s hard to hear the lines. During “Little Bitty Pissant Country Place,” there is an awkward duet between Miss Mona and a guy in the band. Cue the chorus! When the whores chime in, the harmony is ecstasy. Whether it’s singing or dancing, the ensemble uses its size to go deeper. The synchronization of the large number of dancers on a small stage kicks it up to the “wow” factor. “The Aggie Song”, in particular, is sexy country-line dancing with an athletic vigor. It’s Dirty Dancing taken to a whole new level!

Anita Hoffman and Noah Sullivan Kirk Swenk, Gregory Payne and the ladies
Sheana Tobey, Snita Hoffman, Sydney genco and Toni Lynice Fountain Noah Sullivan, Christopher Boyd and Jen Bludgen

Along with the huge and talented chorus, principal players add to the entertainment value. Every hooker should be lucky to have a boss like Miss Mona (Anita Hoffman). Balancing maternal urges in a cheeky business, Hoffman commands the stage with a combo of sexy playfulness and compassionate wisdom. Not quite meshing into the frothy ensemble, Toni Lynice Fountain (Jewel) shines with a soulful rendition of the song “24 Hours of Lovin”.  Noah Sullivan (Sheriff Earl Dodd) delivers his irreverent lines with hilarious force. ‘If that three foot man comes back, I’m going to flatten him so he has to roll down his socks to shit.’ Michael A. Gravame (Melvin P. Thorpe) is a smarmy dolt mugging the comedic moment. The issue side-stepping politician, Kirk Swenk (Governor) makes a small part memorably funny. The entire cast whores itself out for the audience’s pleasure.

The extraordinary spectrum of costumes (Jesus Perez) and wigs (Michael Buonincontro) are a 70’s flashback of afro, peasant blouses, and Frederick’s of Hollywood fun. Costumes, cast, choreography; all the lubricated participants make this group orgy a love fest!

 
Rating: ★★★
 

Showtimes: Fridays & Saturdays @ 8:00 pm, Sundays @ 3:00 pm (buy tickets).  Group Rates for 10 or More Available.  Call 708-771-0700 for more info.

Running Time: Two hours and twenty minutes includes a ten minute intermission.

 The cast of BLWIT

April 9, 2010 | 0 Comments More

Theater tidbits….Freud, Reinventing Seattle, and an Evening of Holiday Mime

Village Players of Oak Park will present the new musical Far From Freud, by Phil Riegle and directed by Christopher Pazdernik.  Running for 2 weekends, January 17th – January 25th, Far From Freud will feature Stephanie Foster, James Gavin, Sydney Genco, Michael Jeija, Jennifer Noble, Laura MacGregor, Erin Marie O’She, Andrew Toniolo, and Joe Zordan.  Production team includes Dominic Clemente and pianist Kimberly Widmer.   More info here.

 

Reflect. Reinvent. React. Reconnect:  Join more than 1600 arts professionals to learn and reflect in 50 educational sessions, reinvent with eight Innovators, react to one of 17 ARTventures, and reconnect with colleagues across the country for three days in Seattle, all part of Americans for the Arts 2009 Annual Convention.  All info can be found here.

 

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The Mime Company is extending their A Holiday Evening of Mimeat the Raven Theatre studio space.  Receiving glowing reviews, the show will now continue through December 28th.  More info here.

December 17, 2008 | 0 Comments More