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Handbagged

From 68 member  reviews
Members say: Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Entertaining, Absorbing

About the show

Round House Theatre's comedy for 59E59 imagines what the world’s most powerful women talk about behind closed palace doors. More…

The Iron Lady. The Queen. Born six months apart, each woman had a destiny that would change the world. But when the stiff upper lip softened and the gloves came off, which one had the upper hand?


Member Reviews (68)

MEMBERS SAY:

Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Entertaining, Absorbing
78
Avg Score

79
Relevant, Self-aware theater, Historical, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you're an Anglophile/history buff. MT's right-wing bent is countered by E2's humanity. Mostly well-acted; Hylton stands out. Often funny.

Don't see it if you're a conservative. Play freqly refers to being a play; interrupts flow. Still, charts rise of racism/anti-union/law & order/wealth gap..

80
Slow, Nostalgic, Great writing, Great acting

See it if Great acting and writing. Funny and irreverent. Very enjoyable​.

Don't see it if Some references can be very unfamiliar to younger and obscure to most American audiences.

80
Informative, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if You are interested in The Royals or British politics. The show is informative but also very entertaining with great performances.

Don't see it if The subject matter doesn't interest you than you will probably not enjoy.

85
Intelligent, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You are interested in British history told in a clever and funny way. This was very entertaining and well performed. A smart play.

Don't see it if You don’t like plays about history.

85
Great writing, Edgy, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Maggie Thatcher & Queen Elizabeth square off -literally- in this razor-sharp meta-theatrical fantasia A delightful verbal gymnastic Cast A+

Don't see it if Energy dims as 2nd act grows serious- IRA bombings, Diana's rebellion & Thatcher's upheaval but this rondelay of destiny still shines bright

82
Funny, Resonant, Entertaining, Ambitious, Clever

See it if you enjoy watching the meeting of great powers. Very cleverly done with a double cast for the women and two men who play the other rolls.

Don't see it if plays that break the 4th wall to reflect on actors and theater are not for you.

79
Great staging, Clever, Absorbing, Great acting

See it if Go back in time with Margaret Thatcher (Prime Minster) and The Queen.

Don't see it if You do not like history or any with politics

81
Intelligent, Absorbing, Great writing, Great acting, Clever

See it if you enjoy a clever and well written story about meetings between 2 very famous women. There are 2 sets of T's and Q's. Simple set.

Don't see it if you want an unbiased view of Thatcher's politics. The playwright tries to show T's good side but clearly not a fan of T.

Also It was an interesting ride down memory lane of some powerful events an... Read more Read less

82
Informative, Refreshing, Ambitious, Funny, Clever

See it if you lived through the Thatcher years or are interested in that period or if you are a fan of the Queen.

Don't see it if history doesn't interest you or if you don't like plays that break the fourth wall.

Also It's very entertaining, but it shows the downside of stretching a one-... Read more Read less

77
Smart, Good performances by all!, Self-aware theatrics, Sly and pointed humor, Clever

See it if Interested/have some knowledge in Brit history & would like to see an imagined version of relationship betw the Queen & Thatcher. It's fun.

Don't see it if It's ALL talk w little action & virtually no set. Actors tell/don't show what might've passed betw them. To some, this could be dull theater

80
Good timing, Fun, Intelligent, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy British history & humor. The play is well performed w/interaction between the 2 Queen Elizabeths & the 2 Thatchers. Funny premise

Don't see it if you have no interest in the Thatcher era or you take your politics very seriously. Presented w/non fiction, fiction & embellishments. Enjoy

75
Slow, Relevant, Intelligent, Clever, Entertaining

See it if you're interested in British history/politics with a lot of creative license for entertainment's sake, funny portrayal of rivalry.

Don't see it if you're expecting it to be very similar to The Audience (it has a lighter tone and isn't as good), you don't like breaking fourth wall

69
Too cutesy by far!

See it if You like shows from London.

Don't see it if You want a really good political show with insight.

83
Intelligent, Relevant, Great staging, Great acting, Clever

See it if you like political stories.This is about the Queen's relationship with Thatcher.Very fast paced and fun.

Don't see it if you want something where you understand every political reference.This is a British show;some of the issues aren't ones we followed closely.

78
Charming, informative and 3 great actresses plying 11/2 great women.

See it if You are interested in or have memories of this socially troubled time in the UK. Beautifully written and realized.

Don't see it if You dont care about history. Lived through it and dont want to be reminded.

Also From their first entrance Maggie and Elizabeth rivet you in a solid re... Read more Read less

85
Clever staging, Intelligent, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if interesting imaginary dialogue between Queen Elizabeth II & Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher set during their weekly meetings (in 1980s)

Don't see it if don't like history dramas, don't want each main character played by 2 different people at the same time* & other actors in multiple roles

Also there are both younger & older versions of the Queen and Prime Ministe... Read more Read less

90
Intelligent, Masterful, Riveting, Ambitious, Entrancing

See it if you would like a quick history--fair for the most part--of the Thatcher years. This piece was well conceived and executed and worth seeing.

Don't see it if you don't care about politics, particularly British goings on, or is you don't care about history in general. One SHOULD know about her.

82
Creative, Relevant, Great acting, Clever

See it if you are interested in behind the scenes politics that occurred between Queen Elizabeth and Margaret Thatcher during their weekly meetings.

Don't see it if British politics and gossip are not of interest to you.

65
Slow, Fluffy, Funny, Disappointing, Clever

See it if You love British politics.

Don't see it if You get bored.

96
Intelligent, Resonant, Great writing, Great acting, Sublime

See it if you are fascinated by 1973-late 1980s British history and politics, esp. relationship between Thatcher and Queen Elizabeth/R. Reagan/GHWBush

Don't see it if you don’t understand rapidly spoken London, Scottish, Irish, North African dialect English or care about modern British history or politics

Also The play is perhaps a bit didactic for American audiences of average i... Read more Read less

72
Intelligent, Pedantic, Disappointing, Clever, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy historical plays & all things British

Don't see it if you dislike plays of the "Wikipedia come alive" genre; dislike plays in which characters interact more w/ the audience than each other.

77
History lesson, Intelligent, Clever, Funny

See it if you want to learn more about Thatcher's years as Prime Minister, both the highs and many many lows in a humorous way.

Don't see it if you're a Thatcher policy supporter. Or you don't like history.

97
Absorbing, Refreshing, Intelligent, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you want to see an enlightening play about the Queen vs. Prime Minister Thatcher that's actually fun; you love a good story with good acting

Don't see it if you don't care a bit about British history or interactions between the Queen vs. her Prime Minister

73
Ambitious, Great staging, Slow, Quirky, Thought-provoking

See it if You are a fan of Margaret Thatcher & the Queen /British politics and narrative non action theater Good lighting, staging and acting

Don't see it if Wordy renditions of history is boring to you or you seek flashy sets, and Action. These are serial monologues like skimming the newspaper

10
Disappointing, Confusing

See it if You're really interested in the two people it portrays.

Don't see it if You're looking for a show that's engaging or easy to follow.


June 12th, 2019
“Buffini makes no attempt to mask the artificiality of the theater, and in doing so, she is free to unleash its full potential...Buffini's script teems with humor and wit, making us laugh as we learn. She's like Brecht, but fun...Rubasingham supports the script with an agile production that easil...
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June 14th, 2019
“The show has just the right balance of humor, drama, and intellectual discourse...By interfacing the young and older portrayals of Queen Elizabeth and Margaret Thatcher, the show provides a compelling depiction of the two powerful women...’Handbagged’ is a well crafted play that features fine pe...
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June 13th, 2019
"Whether the playwright is correct in her assessment of the Queen can never really be known, but she has done her homework and her arguments are both plausible and wittily expressed. Indhu Rubasingham's sleek, uncluttered production, from Maryland's Round House Theatre, benefits from actresses wi...
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June 12th, 2019
"The description barely begins to scratch the surface of the mix of satire, politics, and meta-theater of Buffini's splendidly performed and well-directed play...Americans are likely to be less knowledgeable of some of the specific political issues that come up...Sometimes things threaten to spin...
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