The classic Hitchcock film The Birds has been re-imagined into a theatre classic all-its-own by Hell in a Handbag Productions. If you’ve not had the delight to see this production, double your pleasure by attending the September 7th performance and meet the legendary blonde ‘Birds’ goddess herself, Tippi Hedren. You can even win the chance of a lifetime to share the stage with Ms. Hedren by bidding online for a walk-on role (details).
Hell in a Handbag Productions is well known for their parody/homage treatment of classic stories and movies that their loyal audience has come to expect. This year marks the 50th anniversary of The Birds but this popular parody started back in 2001 and this production marks the third revival of the show. The first production was endorsed by none other than Ms. Tippi Hedren herself and she has been a fan ever since.
You don’t have to be familiar with the film The Birds to enjoy the production as there is so much to this theatrical extravaganza. A parody of the film would be great but the writers David Cerda and Pauline Pang have layered in so many levels. The show begins with a ‘studio tour’ that takes the audience from Berger Park’s main room past Lake Michigan as though it were a set piece on the lot. The audience enters the Coach House decked out like a set for the film where the spectators sit as guests in close proximity to the incredible actors. The space is another character as it helps create the tension that Ms. Hedren felt during shooting. She had been hand-picked by Mr. Hitchcock and initially Tippi was thrilled but his professional interest turned into obsession that nearly broke her.
The show includes a character based on American social critic, Camille Paglia, who points to the sexual tension and the double entendre of how Mr. Hitchcock even has Tippi hold her purse. This show offers more than comedy but there is no shortage of tear inducing laughs.
Don’t let September 7th slip by without seeing Ms. Tippi Hedren at a pre-show reception, The Birds stage show, and a post show talk. The proceeds from the benefit will go to Ms. Hedren’s lifelong passion The ROAR Foundation / Shambala Preserve. You could also be the lucky bidder to win an on stage cameo with Ms. Hedren. A must for film and theatre fans.