Monday, September 07, 2009

Mae West: Lil Thrills

Calendar girl MAE WEST was noted in Playbill's long-running feature: "Today In Theatre History: September 7."
• • Theatre chronicler David Gewirtzman writes: 7 September 1949 Mae West stars in a hit revival of her own play, Diamond Lil, for a 182-performance run at the Plymouth Theatre.
• • Last month, the annual Mae West walking tour paused at this popular playhouse on August 16th, and vintage Mae-memorabilia was shown to the group.
• • The Diamond Lil revival enjoyed great success at the venerable Plymouth Theatre [236 West 45th Street]. It opened there on 7 September 1949 and had four months of performances on Broadway.
• • In his admiring review of her 1949 reinvigorated Bowery queen romp through her popular "naughty nineties" hit, The New York Times drama critic Brooks Atkinson admitted he was moved to acknowledge what he called in an atypically poetic effusion ''the sublime fatalism of the entire business,'' and he went on to ask: ''Is she kidding or is she serious?''
• • Knowing Mae, the likely answer is both.
• • Are you a theatre buff? Then you ought to visit Playbill online — — — — 'cause playgoers are much more fascinating than playboys.
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