Friday, September 20, 2013

Mae West: Locally Unmolested

It was Thursday, 26 September 1946 and critic George Jean Nathan was writing about the censorship of the stage and how it affected certain plays written by MAE WEST.
• • George Jean Nathan wrote: In certain instances, municipal or other censorship has already sought to impose upon the stage several of the very restrictions suffered by the screen. The New York closing of three such plays of sexual perversion, banned in their entirety by the movie code, as "The Captive," "Pleasure Man" by Mae West, and "Trio," has been a potential straw in the wind. So has been the moral suppression in other communities of various plays ...
• • George Jean Nathan added: We come to Locations.  The treatment of bedrooms must be governed by good taste and delicacy. The ruling would interfere with such plays as Gantillon's Maya, The Perfect Marriage, Catherine Was Great, Twin Beds, School For Brides, Bourdet's Times Have Changed, Her Cardboard Lover, Baby Mine, et al.  ... 
• • locally unmolested legitimate theatre plays ... • •
• • In his December column, George Jean Nathan continued to discuss the censors and the stage: That there was occasional dirt in burlesque, no one is going to deny. But there certainly was no more and generally infinitely less than in any dozen such locally unmolested legitimate theatre plays and shows as Catherine Was Great, School For Brides, .... [dated on 25 December 1946].
• • Source: The Theatre Book of the Year 1946 — 1947 by George Jean Nathan.
• • On Saturday, 20 September 1902 • •
• • It was on Saturday, 20 September 1902 that the maternal grandfather of Mae West, coffee broker Jacob Delker, died in Brooklyn, New York. Little Mae was nine years old.
• • On Friday, 20 September 1940 • •
• • The New Zealand Movie Editors wrote: At the Grand Theatre — "My Little Chickadee" — Mae's back in a lusty farce of the frontier days in the bad old West! Every scene a sensation, every line a laugh! When Mae, the curvaceous cutie, captivates "Bibulous Bill" of the bulbous beak.
• • Source: Bay of Plenty Beacon (page 4), Vol. 3, Issue 215, on Friday, 20 September 1940.
Darlene Violette as DIAMOND LIL with Juan Sebastian Cortes as PABLO JUAREZ
• • See "Diamond Lil" This Autumn! • •
• • By popular demand, actress Darlene Violette — — and the wonderful cast who brought the Bowery denizens and Suicide Hall’s ne’er-do-wells to life — — will return in “Diamond Lil” for several evening performances at Don’t Tell Mama [343 W. 46th Street] on these dates in 2013:
• • 7:00pm on Sunday September 22nd. 
• • 7:30pm on Sunday October 27th — Hallowe'en Party — come in 1890s costume!
• • 7:00pm on Sunday November 3rd — vote for Gus Jordan for Sheriff Night.
• • 8:30pm on Sunday November 10th
• • 7:00pm on Sunday November 17th
• • 7:00pm on Sunday November 24th
• • Phone after 4pm to reserve a seat: 212-757-0788; RSVP online:
• • Closest MTA subway stations: 42nd St./ Times Sq. via A, C, E, 1, 2, 3 
• • The public is invited (suitable for age 18 and over). Join us as we turn the iconic NYC nightspot Don't Tell Mama into Gus Jordan's "Suicide Hall"! 
• • The Cast: Starring Darlene Violette as Diamond Lil, Queen of the Bowery and also featuring Sidney Myer, Anthony DiCarlo, Joanna Bonaro, Gary Napoli, Juan Sebastian Cortes, Kimmy Foskett, Jim Gallagher and live music by Brian McInnis
• • Director: Co-directed by Dena Tyler, The Actors Studio, and Darlene Violette.
• • Come up and see for yourself. You might even win a swell Raffle Prize.
• • Watch a short clip: Diamond Lil meets Pablo, a gigolo
• • Read a Review of "Diamond Lil" • •
• • L'Idea Magazine's editors attended four times and had a lot to say. Here's the link:
• • Staying faithful to the gritty themes in the novel, LindaAnn Loschiavo trimmed the work to 85 minutes for a cast of eight.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "If I asked for a cup of coffee, someone would search for the double meaning."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • Papermoon Daily mentioned Mae West.
• • Michael T. Mooney wrote:  After appearing in the film failure “The Heat’s On” in 1943, West returned to Broadway to star in her own play “Catherine Was Great” in which West satirized the story of Russia’s Catherine the Great. The play was produced by Mike Todd with his usual flair for extravagance. West’s supporting cast numbered 100 and Todd supplied the most lavish production values that money could buy. West’s dialogue tried to blend courtly formality and modern idioms but it was all delivered with her famous Brooklyn lilt. One memorable line had Catherine saying to her servant: “Get me a traveling case and my peasant disguise!” Naturally the play was not without its ribald humor. When disguised as a peasant, Catherine admired the villain’s dagger and caressing the sheath remarked “It is such a big knife!” ...
• • Michael T. Mooney wrote:  While “Catherine Was Great” failed with the critics (who found it not funny enough), audiences loved it and it ran for 191 performances moving from the Shubert to the Royale Theatre mid-run.  ...
• • Source: Article:  "August 2, 1944 'Catherine Was Great'" written by Michael T. Mooney for Papermoon Daily; posted on Tuesday, 2 April 2013
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started nine years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2746th 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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