Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Mae West: Pennsylvania Cabaret

MAE WEST and her obscenity trials will be the focus of a new cabaret revue that starts tomorrow.
• • Cabaret Red Light puts Mae West on trial, calling to the stand the same cast of misfits and managers who witnessed her meteoric rise to power from footlighted stage to silver screen. Starring two-time Barrymore nominee Jess Conda as Mae West with comedy veteran Jim Boyle. There is an original jazz orchestra score by Chris Aschman, who leads the show's six piece jazz band during this musical comedy which includes dancing and (yes) puppetry.
• • What: Musical-Comedy: "Mae West: Looking Pretty & Saying Cute Things — — The Obscenity Trials of Mae West"
• • When: October 6th — October 9th, 2011
• • Where: Adrienne Theater: 2030 Sansom St. [3rd floor], Philadelphia, PA 19103; T. 484-995-3431
• • Photo: Jess Conda costumed as Mae West
• • On 5 October 1918 • •
• • Mae West received top billing in the review of "Sometime" by The New York Times, which was first published on Saturday, 5 October 1918.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: “I have an extra thyroid gland. It gives me twice the energy and twice, the — — you know — — everything else I guess."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An essay about Ventura County's history mentioned Mae West.
• • Mark Storer writes: The Conejo Valley Historical Society presents Tales of Old Conejo at the inn, a living-history event with more than 40 actors presenting scenes of life in the Conejo Valley from 1876 through 1938 . . . . Actress Mary Carrig also played Mabel Stark, a former nurse who fell in love with animal training and came to what used to be Jungleland in Thousand Oaks in the 1930s. "She always struck me as a little girl playing with her kittens," Mary Carrig said of Mabel Stark.
• • "I did a lot of research on her and was able to hear her voice because she was interviewed in 1950 on 'This is Your Life,' " she added. "She was the first honorary mayor of Thousand Oaks, and she was a real firebrand, full of spirit."
• • [Liontamer] Mabel Stark and actress Mae West were friends, Carrig said. "Mae asked Mabel, 'If you could be anyone else in the world, who would you be?' and Mabel answered 'Mabel Stark.' [sic] I think that says it all," she said. ...
• • Source: Article: "Tours bring Conejo Valley history alive" written by Mark Storer for the Ventura County Star; posted on 4 October, 2011
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started seven years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2074th blog post. Unlike many blogs, which draw upon reprinted content from a newspaper or a magazine and/ or summaries, links, or photos, the mainstay of this blog is its fresh material focused on the life and career of Mae West, herself an American original.
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