About Hell in a Handbag

Hell In A Handbag Productions was formed in March 2002.

HIAH’s debut production was POSEIDON! An Upside-Down Musical, which had successful consecutive runs at Theatre Building Chicago and Bailiwick Repertory before being produced at the 2003 New York International Fringe Festival where it received a Outstanding Ensemble award.

HIAH has also produced Fa La La This, a holiday monologue showcase, Rudolph, the Red-Hosed Reindeer, How ‘What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?’ Happened, Judy’s Scary Little Christmas, SCARRIE-The Musical, The Twilight Gallery, Caged Dames, The Birds, Die Mommie! Die!, HAYWIRE!, Silent Night of the Lambs, Summer Camp, Lady X, TROGG! A Musical, and Pussy on the House.

Hell in a Handbag is dedicated to the preservation, exploration, and celebration of works ingrained in the realm of popular culture via theatrical productions through parody, music and homage. Handbag is a 501( c )( 3 ) Not for Profit.

Reviews

  • Why do we love Hell in a Handbag? Because propriety has no place even walking past the stage door of one of their shows. Because deep down, we all long to be naughty. Because they are masters in the fine art of camp and that is the kind of anti-culture that soothes the wicked soul.Gay Chicago Magazine/Chicago Stage Review-Venus Zarris, 2008
  • The best thing about HIAH Productions’ shows is that they are completely ridiculous. The stories, wigs and costumes are ridiculous and everyone’s in love with the ridiculousness of the whole affair.New City Chicago, 2008
  • The gold standard of camp in Chicago.
    The Chicago Reader, 2008
  • “The campiest theatre in Chicago”Centerstage Chicago