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  • Artists of Chicago: Lori Lee

    By Michael Christopher Radford. Created on Aug. 16, 2020.

    Last week I had the pleasure to sit down with Lori Lee, a longtime member of Chicago’s Hell in a Handbag (HIAH), to discuss her life and career as an actress in the city. I called her up and was greeted by the familiar low, resonant voice of hers that can carry to the back of an auditorium with no microphone. Ethel Merman would be so proud.

    I started the interview asking about the very beginning of her acting background to which she revealed her very first role was a nun in a play in grammar school when at that …

  • The Journey to CHROMATICA - Review

    By Joshua Miller. Created on June 26, 2020.

    “Little Monsters,” I have one question for you: are we still alive? This is the question I ask myself every morning since the release of Lady Gaga’s long-anticipated sixth studio album, Chromatica (2020). As a long-time “Little Monster” myself (my first album that was gifted to me when I was 9-years-old was The Fame (2008)), I have been waiting for the release of this album since her last release, Joanne (2016). In the 4 years between albums, Gaga has been experimenting with other ventures and venues, like her Oscar-nominated performance in the film A Star is Born and Las Vegas …

  • Mercury Theater Closes Doors Due to Covid-19

    By Michael Christopher Radford. Created on June 24, 2020.

    On June 17th, the Mercury Theater in Wrigleyville officially closed its doors nine years after its reopening in 2011. The cause, of course, was due to the Covid-19 pandemic. During the span of the nine years, the theater has produced 25 plays and musicals, employed nearly 1,000 actors, musicians, designers, etc., and raised and donated $100k to Season of Charity, a charity that provides emergency care to Chicago artists. A “for-profit” business themselves, Mercury Theater was unable to accept donations unlike other theaters in Chicago. When the world shut down in March, however, Mercury was able to maintain a small …

  • June Theatre Events

    By Michael Christopher Radford. Created on June 9, 2020.


    -Hell in a Handbag Productions - New episode of The Golden Girls Vol. 4 - LOCKDOWN! is available to stream June 19th. Written by David Cerda and directed by Spenser Davis.

    Synopsis: Blanche returns from SantaCom with souvenirs, wild tales and possibly Legionnaires disease. The doctor orders a 30-day quarantine. Will the girls make it out before they kill each other?

    -Pride Films and Plays - Live Zoom reading of THE LAST SUNDAY IN JUNE by Jonathan Tolins on Sunday, June 28 at 7:00pm. Tickets are $10.

    Synopsis: In 2002, Tolins’ penned THE LAST SUNDAY IN JUNE. the …

  • Quarantine

    By Michael Christopher Radford. Created on May 2, 2020.

    I have one more week to say that I AM a musical theatre major at Southern Illinois University before I have to change part of that sentence to I WAS. I’m getting ready to end this chapter of my life and move on to the next. All senior year I’ve been preparing in my mind how I was going to adapt to this new chapter after college and into full fledged adulthood.

    I was enjoying spring break at my parents’ house in Valparaiso, IN when I got the message saying that spring break was extended for another week and that …

  • Chicago Theatres and Their Survival During Stay-at-Home Order

    By Michael Christopher Radford. Created on May 2, 2020.

    During this time of worry, solitude, and simply being bored, millions of Americans have turned to one thing that has the power to take those negative feelings away for a couple hours: entertainment. Streaming services like Netflix and Hulu have seen a large spike in their number of viewers daily. While we all take this time to binge watch TV shows and watch movies that we have always wanted to see, we mustn't forget the root of where such entertainment has blossomed from. Yes, I’m talking about the theatre.

    It has been a month and a half since the world …