Thursday, August 03, 2017

Mae West: Make-Up Sponge

On Monday, 10 July 2017 in England, "The Drag" written by MAE WEST was given a concert reading at London's National Theatre.  A few British theatre critics attended.
• • This is Part 4 of Tom Finch's very thorough stage review.
• • Stage Director:  Polly Stenham
• • Tom Finch wrote:  The two scenes with the drag queens are hilarious. They’re as rude, self-involved, and bitchy as you’d expect. There aren’t many plays where an audience seeking missile in the form of a make-up sponge gets one of the biggest laughs of the night.
• • Tom Finch wrote:  It’s striking how this play — — "The Drag" — — holds a mirror up to the modern world. Still, there are people living in sham marriages and there are still people who believe that homosexuality is a choice or is a disease that can be cured. With any luck, there was a savvy producer at this performance who will snap up the rights to this and produce a lavish revival for the world to see. Hopefully, they won’t get stuck in prison for it either.
• • This was Part  4, the conclusion to this  4-part stage review.
• • Source:  "The Drag" reviewed by Tom Finch; on Monday, 10 July 2017 in England.
• • On Monday, 3 August 1942 • •
• • The issue of Newsweek dated for Monday, 3 August 1942 included this very oddly-worded and misleading headline: "Mae West divorces after 21 years of marriage."
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Smart, seductive and undeniably funny, Mae West is one of cinema's most enduring  comedy legends.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "Gee, I loved the boys. Went around with lots of them and played with them. There was a gang of us — of course, we would have fights."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A California daily mentioned Mae West.
• • Steve Cochran says that he has not seen Mae West since she returned to Hollywood, but ha denies that there was any serious romance between himself and Mae during the Broadway run of "Diamond Lil."
• • "Mae was a lot of fun," he sighs. "We ran around a little together. You know, dinner and laughs. She's more fun than dozens of young dolls I know," insisted Steve.  ...
• • Source: Item in San Bernardino Daily Sun; published on Wednesday,  2 August 1950  
• • Note: Actor Steve Cochran, shown here with Mae West in 1949, played the role of the Latin American sex trafficker Juarez in the Broadway revival of "Diamond Lil"
• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 13th anniversary • •  
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during these past eleven years. Not long ago, we entertained 3,497 visitors. And we reached a milestone recently when we completed 3,700 blog posts. Wow!   
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started thirteen years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 3758th 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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