Monday, September 09, 2013

Mae West: Max One Night

In September 1934, Motion Picture Daily reported that Ernst Lubitsch had accompanied MAE WEST to Max Reinhardt's production of "Midsummer Night's Dream" recently.
• • Max Reinhardt [8 September 1873 — 30 October 1943] • •
• • Born in Austria-Hungary on Monday, 8 September 1873 was a Jewish child named Maximilian Goldmann.  He had a lot of energy and talent for dramatic innovations when it came to acting, staging, choreography, and directing. Eventually, the rise of Hitler pushed Max to emigrate to Britain, then to settle in Hollywood, where he had an illustrious career.
• • Max Reinhardt died in New York City on 30 October 1943. He was 70.
• • On Friday, 9 September 1927 in Variety • •
• • Variety was not impressed with Mae West's harmonica playing in "The Wicked Age"  They were not amused by "Satisfied" nor the other songs she thought up like "My Baby's Kisses."  But the most startling element was her racy, tummy-tossing physicality.  Variety reprimanded her in their review: "Miss West is getting away at $3.85 with something the [burlesque] wheels don't dare at $1.65."
• • Variety's issue was dated for Friday, 9 September 1927.
• • On Sunday, 9 September 1934 • •
• • "Me and My Past" was reprinted in Delaware Star on Sunday, 9 September 1934.  Among other matters, Mae West discusses ("How Her Famous Gait Was Born with Ed Wynn and Frank Tinney") the development of her slow, studied, slouchy strut while appearing on Broadway in "Sometime" with Ed Wynn, a comedian who moved very quickly across the stage.
• • 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 15th and 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.
• • 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: "Even if you're not a lady, act like one."
• • Mae West said: "Don't eye oilier men when you're with an escort."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The Courier News mentioned Mae West.
• • "Mae West's 'Diamond Lil' Gives New Visions to Ladies — — And Also to Men" • •
• • Willis Thornton wrote: This Is the second of three stories on Mae West, the buxom actress who is restoring curves to feminine favor.
• • Willis Thornton continued:  When Mae West emerged from her ten days as a guest of New York City's Welfare Island resort, she came forth as a conquering hero.  That the city had sent her there because 12 good men and true had decided her play "Sex" was indecent made no difference. Women's clubs hailed her as a social force.  ...
• • Source: Article "Prison Her Own Show" by Willis Thornton for The Courier News (page 3); published on Saturday, 9 September 1933 
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started nine years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2737th 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.

• • Come up and see Mae every day online:

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• • Mae West Diamond Lil returned for Mae's birthday

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