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Sunday, February 18 at 2 PM (signup deadline was 3 pm, Jan 19)
| Roundhouse, 4545 East-West Highway, Bethesda MD 20814

HANDBAGGED at The Roundhouse Theatre in Bethesda Feb. 18 at 2 PM Join us for a theatrical tour de force as playwright Moira Buffini brings on stage two Queen Elizabeths, two Margaret Thatchers, and four handbags. A daring treat, since both the old and a somewhat younger Queen and the old and an equally younger Prime Minister fuss with each other, act touchy, try to hammer out their political and personal differences, and in general entertain us with their intelligence and wit, whilst holding on to their legendary handbags.

Despite the important and catastrophic events facing the four handbagged women, such as the Falkland Islands War and the Great Miners’ Strike of 1985, the play was reviewed in its first British run as “witty and delightful" and “high-spirited and shrewd." At one point Thatcher, known as the Iron Lady, asks her husband if “Her Majesty is a socialist." When it is time for us to have an intermission, Thatcher insists on skipping it, but the Queen rules: “There will now be a fifteen minute interval." The play closes with the breakup of Prince Charles and Princess Diana and the attempted imposition of the Tories’ disastrous poll tax, pushing our heroines even farther apart and causing both monarchy and the Conservative Party to falter.

Tickets are $53. Call the CHV office to sign-up and arrange for payment by check or credit card by January 19, 2018. SOME ADDITIONAL SEATS MAY BE AVAILABLE IF CAPACITY OF 15 IS REACHED BEFORE JAN 19: EMAIL TOM Z AT FOR AVAILABILITY. The Roundhouse is at 4545 East-West Highway, Bethesda MD 20814. After the play those interested in dinner and discussing Handbagged will go to the Louisiana Kitchen, a ten-minute walk away, for its delicious New Orleans cuisine. Handbags optional. Call Tom Zaniello at 859-802-7052 or email if you have any questions.

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