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The Rip Nelson Holiday Quarantine Special

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It's 2020 and Rip is in the hospital after an ill-advised gig on a Pride cruise. Rip's devoted make-up woman and confidante Gladys (Lori Lee*), is worried sick, but Rip is more upset that Ryan Seacrest is taking over as host of his annual television holiday special! Rip's not going to let anything, including the overbearing Nurse Ursula (Terry McCarthy*), stop him from being on that show! A determined Rip makes it to the studio with a little help from trippy magician, Doug Henning (David Lipschutz*) and soon finds himself in his weirdest television special ever.

Presented by Hell in a Handbag Productions

Thru - Jan 17, 2021

Thursdays: 8:00pm
Fridays: 8:00pm
Saturdays: 7:30pm & 9:30pm
Sundays: 3:00pm

Show Type: Comedy

  The Rip Nelson Holiday Quarantine Special Reviews
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Chicago Reader - Somewhat Recommended

"...Directed and choreographed by Stevie Love and filmed in front of a green screen for deliberately cheesy stylistic flourishes, the show generally works better in pieces than as a whole. Unlike last summer's The Golden Girls: The Lost Episodes, Vol. 4-LOCKDOWN!, which took the company's long-running spoof of The Golden Girls and leaned heavily into the tropes of socially distanced dialogue, not having a live audience to share the "I got that reference!" moments, along with a little bit of dead air between gags, slows down the comic energy from time to time."
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Kerry Reid

Chicago Theatre Review - Highly Recommended

"...David Cerda's latest creation is, as they say, all that and a bag of chips. It's fun, sexy, sophisticated, professionally polished and full of holiday humor. The show will bring back memories of past Christmases, as it showcases and parodies so many familiar popular entertainers. Mr. Cerda has brought back a cast and creative crew of Chicago's top talent, many of whom are Hell in a Handbag ensemble members. For an entertaining adult Christmas variety show, filled with funny, familiar characters and accomplished, toe-tapping musical numbers, look no further than "The Rip Nelson Holiday Quarantine Special.""
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Chicagoland Theater Reviews - Recommended

"...Rip Nelson, a seasonal Handbag character (embodied by Jones) is certainly a cartoon and an old codger and is adept at making it work, but he’s only working to survive the non-evergreen hell of variety television circa 1978. A Paul Lynde-like has-been/never-was namedropper nonpareil, year after year, he plays host to a who’s-who of contemporary kitsch. Except, maybe not this year. Rip’s laid up in quarantine with the ‘rona, natch. What’s worse: Ryan Seacrest might snipe his gig. Nothing to do but stuff his nurse’s drugs down the hatch and dream up his show."
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Patrick O’Brien

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