Monday, November 11, 2013

Mae West: Westian Rewards

November 10th at DON'T TELL MAMA
MAE WEST fans were out in force on Sunday, 10 November 2013 and the applause, whistles, foot-stomping, laughter, and cheers echoed through the house as the wonderful cast of "Diamond Lil" put on another outstanding performance. Wow!
• • Before the crowd could calm down, the raffle began. Eric Morace won a signed Cynthia Rowley wooden picture frame with a rare Mae West image taking the central place of honor.
• • New Jersey actress Myra Cubero, who fiercely debated with her table-mates the merits of filling out a raffle ticket vs the anguish of being added to a stranger's mailing list, decided to hand in her ticket — — and won this rare 1949 drawing of Mae as first prize. Actress Joanna Bonaro kindly picked one winner and actor Jim Gallagher selected our other lucky son-of-a-gun. At the mike, dramatist LindaAnn Loschiavo told the story of Mae West's 1928 play, how it toured as a 3-hour drama with a cast of 35 until 1951. Her revised version is 85 minutes for a cast of eight.
• • Thank you to all those attendees who handed in their tickets. There are four more November events and, since each one has a raffle, you could go home with a valuable prize.
• • On Tuesday, 11 November 1913 • •
• • Mae West's vaudeville routine (with Guido Deiro) was noticed by an entertainment critic for the Philadelphia Times, where some quotes appeared on Tuesday, 11 November 1913.
• • On Monday, 11 November 1996 • •
• • An article by Claudia Roth Pierpont — — "The Strong Woman: What Was Mae West Really Fighting For" — — was printed (page 105) in The New Yorker's issue dated for Monday, 11 November 1996.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • There is actually a Mae West, listed in the Los Angeles telephone directory, who is a corsetiere. The Mae West who sells corsets complains that her phone rings at all hours of the night. Drunks think it is fun to call up and ask if they can c'mon up some time.
• • See "Diamond Lil" This Autumn! • • 
"Darlene Violette channels Mae West to perfection!" — Stu Hamstra
• • Actress Darlene Violette — — and the wonderful cast who have brought the Bowery denizens and Suicide Hall’s ne’er-do-wells to life since 17 August 2013 — — are concluding their triumphant run of “Diamond Lil” with two more evening performances at Don’t Tell Mama [343 W. 46th Street]:
• • 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 • •
• • Mae West said: "I don't know whether I want to give any more interviews or not. I've talked so much for publication I'm sick of readin' it myself."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The New Movie Magazine discussed Mae West.
• • Nemo wrote: Two stenographers at the Paramount Studio were conjecturing Mae. Which is a subject for conjecture everywhere. In fact, it is a Paramount question. In the midst of the argument the door opened and in walked Miss West's manager, Jim Timony.
"Oh, Mr. Timony," gushed the dumber one of the two girls. "You're just the man we want to see. We were wondering how old Miss West is and you can tell us."
• • Nemo explained: Mr. Timony looked as though he were about to faint, whereupon the other girl said: "Oh, no, it wasn't Mae West. It was Mae Murray we were talking about." And with that Mr. Timony rushed out of the room and slammed the door.
• • Nemo added: Tammany Young, who claims he knew Mae West "when," declares she is not yet thirty-one and I'll say she doesn't look more. ...
• • Source: "Nemo's Hollywood Day by Day" — — Nemo, the mysterious reporter nobody knows, brings you the latest news from the cinema capital printed in The New Movie Magazine; published in February 1934 
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started nine years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2784th 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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