Friday, November 08, 2013

Mae West: California Custom

This charming MAE WEST item ran in the November issue of a fan magazine. Contemplate it if you will.
• • A Hollywood staffwriter noted: This younger generation isn't so slow! Every day, in front of the apartment house where Mae West invites a chosen few to "c'm up s'mtime!" all the kids in the neighborhood ride back and forth on bicycles, scooters and what not, yelling at the top of their young voices: "Hey, Mae!" "Yoo, hoo — , Ma-aa-ae!" "How's about comin' up s'm time?"
• • Just putting into words what a lot of us are secretly wishing!
• • Source: "Hollywood Day by Day" column written for The New Movie Magazine; issue dated for November 1934.
• • On Sunday, 8 November 1931 in Brooklyn • •
• • The Brooklyn Daily Eagle recalled in its archives that on Sunday, 8 November 1931 Mae West performed her play "The Constant Sinner" in Brooklyn's Majestic Theatre.
• • On Wednesday, 8 November 1933 • •
• • On page 2 of The Cornell Daily Sun, Volume 54, Number 39, on 8 November 1933 readers saw an ad that announced "Starting Sunday — Mae West in "I'm No Angel" — "Come Up Some Time!"
• • On Wednesday, 8 November 1933 • •
• • On Wednesday, 8 November 1933 William Troy's article "Mae West and the Classic Tradition" was published on page 548 of The Nation.
• • On Saturday, 8 November 1969 in Los Angeles • •
• • Stanley Musgrove's diary on 8 November 1969 noted his assistance to Mae West as she revised her part for "Myra Breckinridge" and fleshed out her character.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Laurels to Mae West — For her outstanding personality. Whether you approve of her, or not, you simply cannot ignore her.
Darlene Violette as The Queen of the Bowery
• • See "Diamond Lil" This Autumn! • • 
"Darlene Violette channels Mae West to perfection!" — Stu Hamstra
• • 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:
• • 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
• • 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.
• • Audience Comments about "Diamond Lil" • •
• • Gigi Garcone said:  Just saw "Diamond Lil" — — a very entertaining production! This tribute to the sultry, irresistible diva Mae West is a must see! All the actors are very talented and you can see they put their hearts into their roles. I especially liked Darlene Violette as Mae West and Joanna Bonaro as Rita, a madam from Rio. Darlene encompassed the whole persona of Mae and Joanna was sublime as the madam — — she really has such a presence on stage. Very enjoyable performance and it's worth the trip!
• • Rick Baynes of Baltimore said: I second Gigi's comments. "Diamond Lil" brings the fabulous Mae West back to life. The wonderful Darlene Violette is spot-on in her portrayal of the lusty, bawdy Mae. Do yourself a favor and go see this lovely production.

• • Mrs. Jean McLoughlin of NYC said:   I recently saw "Diamond Lil" and loved every minute. The entire cast was top-notch, and I was impressed with their creative use of the entire space. The characters really came to life and I was transported back to the raunchy days of Mae West. Darlene Violette gave a great performance as Diamond Lil  — — but Joanna Bonaro really shone as the sultry, venomous Rita. Joanna commands attention and I was more than willing to give it. Fantastic show, I highly recommend that everyone see it! Even my husband, who does not like theater, really enjoyed it.
• • At Jefferson Market Library in NYC this month • •
• • Mae West's legal woes inspired the stage play "Courting Mae West." See it on Saturday, 23 November 2013 in the very same room where Mae faced off with Judge George Donnellan and 12 jurors. 

• • Darlene Violette stars as Mae West and the rest of the cast will soon be announced. 
• • The play, based on true events, is set during the Prohibition Era when Mae's plays were padlocked and she was sent to jail. Talk about a woman who climbed the ladder of success wrong by wrong.. 
• • This free event is open to the public and there is ample seating. [Note: The humor and adult themes are not suitable for children under 13.]
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Asked if she employed an interior decorator, Mae West said: "Hunh? Oh, yeah, one of those birds that messes up hotel lobbies and things, y'mean?" 
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The New Movie Magazine discussed Mae West.
• • Just a California custom, but whenever a Mae West picture is shown, in conjunction with another feature, at the neighborhood houses, the management runs a slide to the effect that 'the P.T.A. requests that the children leave the theater' prior to the West fireworks.
• • And do the little rascals obligingly fold up their peanut brittle bags and go away from there? Heh . . . like fun, they do! They sit tighter than a Scotchman at a free lunch counter!
• • Which proves that as long as Mae can dish it out, every one of us, from eight to eighty, can take it. The latest West opus, written by her- self, has to do with the life of a bur- lesque queen in the Gay Nineties.
• • Adored by all the men (as usual), Mae gives her trusting heart to a young prize fighter, played by Roger Pryor. ...
• • Source: Article: "What to Expect in the New Films" for The New Movie Magazine; published in July 1934 
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started nine years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2783rd 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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