Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Mae West: Alberta Stage Play

MAE WEST starred in the motion picture "Go West Young Man," a title with no comma. You can see this film for free on Monday, 10 August 2015 (see below). And whaddya know? A Canadian dramatist borrowed this title recently for a new stage play.
• • "Craig Russell" was the stage name of Russell Craig Eadie [10 January 1948 30 October 1990), a Canadian female impersonator. Craig Russell started a fan club for Mae West while in his teens. He even went to California in 1967 and lived with Mae West, then age 74. After several months in Los Angeles, he returned home.  
• • "Go West, Young Man" by Darrin Hagen • •
• • Edmonton Journal wrote: Several Edmonton writers are among the winners of the 2015 Alberta Playwriting Competition, awarded by the Alberta Playwrights’ Network and Theatre Alberta.  . . . Edmonton playwright, actor and director Darrin Hagen was awarded an honourable mention in the grand prize category for his play "Go West, Young Man," about a true-life encounter between 15-year-old drag artist-to-be Craig Russell and 80-year-old [sic] Hollywood glamour queen Mae West, later his most famous impersonation.
• • Source: Excerpt from an article in Edmonton Journal; published on Thursday,23 July 2015.
• • On Friday, 28 July 1922 • •
• • For the out-of-town try-outs of her new show "The Ginger Box Revue" in Connecticut on July 28 and July 29th, 1922, Mae West had polished her parody of O'Neill's tragic hero.
• • Backed by a dozen chorines (the Stoker Girls) and a black orchestra, Mae sang, “Eugene O’Neill, You’ve Put a Curse on Broadway” and bellowed “Yank-style” lines including, “She don me doit! Lemme up! I’ll show her who’s an ape.”
• • On Tuesday, 28 July 1931 in NYC • •
• • An agreement between Mae West and Howard Merling (signed by both of them) acknowledged his help with background research for her novel and stage play "Babe Gordon." Additionally, there was a receipt, written by Howard Merling, noting he received the sum of $500 dollars from Mae West on Tuesday, 28 July 1931.
• • On Tuesday, 27 July 1954 in Vegas • •
• • On Tuesday, 27 July 1954 Mae West opened at the Congo Room. This exotic night spot, inside the Sahara Hotel in Las Vegas, offered patrons a full supper with a live performance of "The Mae West Revue" onstage.
• • On Wednesday, 28 July 1954 • •
• • "Odds Are Sex-to-1" • •
• • Variety was awestruck by "this magnificent herd of males" and such a refreshing new concept. The article "Odds Are Sex-to-1 Mae West Makes Her Point in Las Vegas" was printed on page 3 in Variety on Wednesday, 28 July 1954.
• • Save the Dates: 3 Mondays in August 2015 • •
• • Onstage Outlaws — — Mae West and Texas Guinan during the Lawless Prohibition Era • •
• • 3 events commemorate the Brooklyn bombshell’s August birthday in the room where she faced a judge who sent her to jail • •
• • New York's Annual Mae West Tribute: to celebrate the birthday of Brooklyn bombshell Mae West, on August 3rd and on August 10th, her films will be shown at 6:00pm. The first one, "Sextette" [1978] will be screened on August 3rd. Then "Go West Young Man" [1936] will be screened on August 10th. The August 17th multi-media presentation will feature light refreshments (courtesy of East Village Cheese) and a raffle. You could win rare films starring Texas Guinan. Or maybe a rare reprint by The New Yorker’s caricaturist Alfred Freuh or by a famous N. Y. Times illustrator.
• • Refreshment sponsor: East Village Cheese

• • Details — — Mae West Tribute: Triple Treat in 2015 
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Actors and actresses who appeared at Central City Opera House include Walter Huston, Ruth Gordon, Sam Jaffe, Mae West, Helen Hayes, Myrna Loy and Michael Redgrave.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "The wages of sin are sables."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The Los Angeles Daily News mentioned Mae West.
• • Karen E. Weber wrote: A tribute to fine art on four wheels is the Mullin Automotive Museum.  Honoring the art deco period of French automotive design, the Mullin’s stylish vehicles feature long hoods, gleaming chrome and fenders as voluptuously curved as Mae West.  . . .
• • Source: Article in The Los Angeles Daily News; published on Monday, 7 April 2014
• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 11th anniversary • •    
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during these past eleven years. The other day we entertained 3,497 visitors. And we reached a milestone recently when we completed 3,200 blog posts. Wow! 
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started ten years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 3232nd 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: http://MaeWest.blogspot.com/

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• • Mae West • at the "Pleasure Man" trial in 1930

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