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The Artificial Jungle
  • Presented By: Hell in a Handbag Productions
  • Location: Stage 773
  • Address: 1225 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago, IL 60657
  • Phone: (773) 327-5252
  • Dates: September 20, 2018 - October 28, 2018
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Price: Previews $19. Regular run $32 in advance, $39 at the door.
  • Hell in a Handbag Productions is thrilled to explore THE ARTIFICIAL JUNGLE, the final play by the legendary master of camp, Charles Ludlam.

    Things at The Artificial Jungle, the dilapidated pet store owned by mild-mannered Chester Nurdiger, are pretty routine. The devoted Mother Nurdiger does her best to give her son everything he needs, but there are some things a mother just can’t provide. Chester’s wife, the sultry and stifled Roxanne Nurdiger, is as restless as one of the hamsters in a cage, and when Zachary Slade, a mysterious drifter enters the picture, passions run wild. Roxanne and Zachary have the perfect plan to get rid of Chester and live the life Roxanne craves.

    Combining elements of Thérése Raquin, Double Indemnity and even Little Shop of Horrors – THE ARTIFICIAL JUNGLE is a masterful mélange of styles that leave no doubt as to why Mr. Ludlam is considered one of the creators of the Theatre of the Ridiculous. It’s also the perfect fit for Hell in a Handbag Productions -- Chicago’s leading theater dedicated to ridiculousness, camp and parody.

The Artificial Jungle
  • Location: Stage 773
  • Address: 1225 W. Belmont Ave.
  • September 20, 2018 - October 28, 2018
  • Stage 773
  • Previews $19. Regular run $32 in advance, $39 at the door.
  • Recurring weekly on Sunday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday