HANDBAGGED at Roundhouse Theatre (Bethesda)
Sunday, February 18 at 2 PM
Roundhouse, 4545 East-West Highway, Bethesda MD 20814
HANDBAGGED at The Roundhouse Theatre in Bethesda
Feb. 18 at 2 PM
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 1, 2018. 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.
Zaniello at 859-802-7052 or email email@example.com if you have any questions.
Reservations required, 8 places taken, 7 available.
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