Skip to main content Skip to footer site map

Photos: First Look at Hell in a Handbag Productions' FRANKENSTREISAND

Witness Dr. Barbra Frankenstreisand’s first performance in 27 years, having gone into seclusion after her precious dog Samantha suddenly died.

The music... the mem'ries... the magic... the dog cloning! This Halloween season, Hell in a Handbag Productions is kicking off its 2022-23 season with the world premiere of FRANKENSTREISAND by Tyler Anthony Smith* and directed by Stephanie Shaw, playing September 29 - October 31, 2022 at The Raven Room at Redline VR, 4702 N. Ravenswood Ave. in Chicago. Tickets are currently available at handbagproductions.org or buytickets.at/hellinahandbagproductions/749389. The press opening is Saturday, October 1 at 9:15 pm.

Get a first look at photos below!

Take a peek at what's under Barbra's underground mall - Babs' secret laboratory! Witness Dr. Barbra Frankenstreisand's (Tyler Anthony Smith*) first performance in 27 years, having gone into seclusion after her precious dog Samantha suddenly died. All these years later, The Greatest Star is back, and she's determined to clone her perished pooch live on stage. She's brought all of her tools, but because of those fingernails, she's going to need a little help from her loyal assistant, The Hunchback, and a tired but vampy German stage manager. Don't be surprised if Barry Gibb, Judy Garland, and other mega-stars stop by for a visit, along with twisted versions of all the signature Barbra songs you expect to hear in a show of this caliber! Don't sit and putter! Be one of the luckiest people in the world and see... FRANKENSTREISAND!

The production also features ensemble members Elizabeth Lesinski*, Nicky Mendelsohn*, Ryan Oates*, and Robert Williams* with Dakota Hughes and Brian Shaw.

The production team includes Beth Laske-Miller (Costume Design), Keith Ryan* (Wig Design, Dresser), Sydney Genco* (Make-Up Design), Jabberwocky Marionettes (Puppet Design), Dakota Hughes (Music Director) and Jenna Raithel (Stage Manager).

*Denotes Handbag Ensemble Member

Photo credit: Rick Aguilar Studios

Photos: First Look at Hell in a Handbag Productions' FRANKENSTREISAND
Robert Williams, Tyler Anthony Smith and Dakota Hughes

Photos: First Look at Hell in a Handbag Productions' FRANKENSTREISAND
Tyler Anthony Smith

Photos: First Look at Hell in a Handbag Productions' FRANKENSTREISAND
Brian Shaw, Tyler Anthony Smith and Dakota Hughes

Photos: First Look at Hell in a Handbag Productions' FRANKENSTREISAND
Robert Williams, Dakota Hughes, Brian Shaw and Elizabeth Lesinski

Photos: First Look at Hell in a Handbag Productions' FRANKENSTREISAND
Brian Shaw and Tyler Anthony Smith

Photos: First Look at Hell in a Handbag Productions' FRANKENSTREISAND
Nicky Mendelsohn, Tyler Anthony Smith and Dakota Hughes

Photos: First Look at Hell in a Handbag Productions' FRANKENSTREISAND
Brian Shaw, Tyler Anthony Smith and Dakota Hughes

Photos: First Look at Hell in a Handbag Productions' FRANKENSTREISAND
Brian Shaw and Dakota Hughes

Photos: First Look at Hell in a Handbag Productions' FRANKENSTREISAND
Brian Shaw, Tyler Anthony Smith, Dakota Hughes and Robert Williams

Photos: First Look at Hell in a Handbag Productions' FRANKENSTREISAND
Dakota Hughes

Photos: First Look at Hell in a Handbag Productions' FRANKENSTREISAND
Tyler Anthony Smith, Brian Shaw, Dakota Hughes and Robert Williams

Photos: First Look at Hell in a Handbag Productions' FRANKENSTREISAND
Brian Shaw and Tyler Anthony Smith

Photos: First Look at Hell in a Handbag Productions' FRANKENSTREISAND
Ryan Oates and Tyler Anthony Smith

Photos: First Look at Hell in a Handbag Productions' FRANKENSTREISAND
Tyler Anthony Smith, Brian Shaw and Dakota Hughes

Photos: First Look at Hell in a Handbag Productions' FRANKENSTREISAND
Tyler Anthony Smith and Robert Williams

Photos: First Look at Hell in a Handbag Productions' FRANKENSTREISAND
Brian Shaw and Dakota Hughes



Jane Lynch Returns To Raue Center For A SWINGIN LITTLE CHRISTMAS Photo
Raue Center For The Arts has announced “A Swingin' Little Christmas! Live in Concert” starring Jane Lynch and featuring Kate Flannery, Tim Davis, and the Tony Guerrero Quartet will return for two shows this holiday season! Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year at 8 p.m. on December 10 & 11, 2022

Photos: First Look at THE BEATRIX POTTER HOLIDAY TEA PARTY at Chicago Childrens Theatre Photo
See photos of Chicago Children’s Theatre’s popular holiday show, The Beatrix Potter Holiday Tea Party, returning for its seventh season, November 19-December 24, 2022. 

A NOT-SO-SILENT NIGHT, A Holiday Party Featuring An All-star Cast, to Raise Funds And Awar Photo
The Beautiful City Project has announced the cast of it's Holiday fundraising event A NOT-SO-SILENT NIGHT, with proceeds to benefit Season of Concern, an incredible Chicago organization dedicated to providing financial assistance to Chicagoland theater practitioners.

Artemisia Theatre to Present Planned Parenthood of Illinois Night at TITLE TEN Photo
Artemisia Theatre will present Planned Parenthood of Illinois (PPIL) Night at Title Ten, Saturday, December 3 at Theater Wit.


More Hot Stories For You


Woodwindist/Composer Josh Sinton Embarks On 10-City Tour This DecemberWoodwindist/Composer Josh Sinton Embarks On 10-City Tour This December
November 29, 2022

​​​​​​​Woodwindist, composer and creative musician Josh Sinton caps off an extraordinarily productive and busy year with a 10-city tour, Thursday, December 1 – Sunday, December 18. Performances include stops in New York City; Baltimore, MD; Cary, NC; Richmond, VA; Knoxville, TN; Athens, GA; Pittsburgh, PA; Bloomington, IN; Kansas City, MO; and Chicago, IL.

Jane Lynch Returns To Raue Center For A SWINGIN' LITTLE CHRISTMASJane Lynch Returns To Raue Center For A SWINGIN' LITTLE CHRISTMAS
November 29, 2022

Raue Center For The Arts has announced “A Swingin' Little Christmas! Live in Concert” starring Jane Lynch and featuring Kate Flannery, Tim Davis, and the Tony Guerrero Quartet will return for two shows this holiday season! Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year at 8 p.m. on December 10 & 11, 2022

Photos: First Look at THE BEATRIX POTTER HOLIDAY TEA PARTY at Chicago Children's TheatrePhotos: First Look at THE BEATRIX POTTER HOLIDAY TEA PARTY at Chicago Children's Theatre
November 29, 2022

See photos of Chicago Children’s Theatre’s popular holiday show, The Beatrix Potter Holiday Tea Party, returning for its seventh season, November 19-December 24, 2022. 

SYREN Modern Dance to Present Collaborative Piece TICKTOCK at Stony Brook University's Staller CenterSYREN Modern Dance to Present Collaborative Piece TICKTOCK at Stony Brook University's Staller Center
November 29, 2022

SYREN Modern Dance, New York City based company co-founded by Lynn Peterson and Kate Sutter, will present a performance of Ticktock on November 30, 2022 at 7:30pm at Stony Brook University's Staller Center.

A NOT-SO-SILENT NIGHT, A Holiday Party Featuring An All-star Cast, to Raise Funds And Awareness For Season Of ConcernA NOT-SO-SILENT NIGHT, A Holiday Party Featuring An All-star Cast, to Raise Funds And Awareness For Season Of Concern
November 29, 2022

The Beautiful City Project has announced the cast of it's Holiday fundraising event A NOT-SO-SILENT NIGHT, with proceeds to benefit Season of Concern, an incredible Chicago organization dedicated to providing financial assistance to Chicagoland theater practitioners.