The Golden Girls: The Lost Episodes | Mary's Attic Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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click to enlarge AJ Wright, Ed Jones, David Cerda, and Adrian Hadlock

AJ Wright, Ed Jones, David Cerda, and Adrian Hadlock

Rick Aguilar

The Golden Girls: The Lost Episodes 

When: Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays. Continues through Aug. 26 2017
Price: $16, $20 at the door
The transparency of the traditional sitcom presents a unique challenge to the parodist. From I Love Lucy to Bewitched to The Cosby Show, it’s always apparent which societal norms are reinforced and which human impulses rendered invisible, making the effort to invert the form and bring everything repressed to the surface, as playwright David Cerda does in his new Hell in a Handbag show, an exercise in overstating the obvious. Which isn’t to say this vulgar, trashy send-up of The Golden Girls isn’t funny, at times outrageously so, especially given its bevy of delightful performances (Adrian Hadlock’s unfiltered Sophia is particularly hilarious). But unlike Cerda’s last show, Lady X: The Musical, the investigation of style provides diversion without much insight. —Justin Hayford



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