Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Mae West: Drug-Taking Queens

Great Britain offered "The Drag" by MAE WEST to audiences twice this year.
• • Arcola Queer Collective staged "The Drag” written by Mae West from 9 – 13 January 2017 in England. Let's enjoy a stage review published on Thursday, 12 January 2017.
• • Mae West’s rare gay classic ‘The Drag’ revived at London’s Arcola Theatre • •
• • Praise for Arcola's casting • •
• • Reviewed by Drama Critic Patrick Cash • •
• • Patrick Cash wrote: Damien Killeen is excellent as Rolly. He allows the character enough camp and humour to gain plenty of laughs but also, refreshingly, shows a sensitivity that makes you believe wholly in his story. Killeen allowing himself to show vulnerability on stage was touching and powerful.
• • Of course, you’d expect nothing less from a Peter Darney production. The high energy levels are signature Darney throughout the piece, with brilliant set-pieces incorporated such as the jazzed-up ‘Sexy Back’ dance lead by a marvelous elderly drag queen. Likewise the quartet of bitchy, drug-taking queens who form Rolly’s friends — — Diego Benzoni, Anthony Cranfield, Dior Clarke and Sam Reynolds — — are both hilarious and modern gay scene archetypes.
• • Hitting the emotional truth in "The Drag" • •  . . .
• • This is Part 3 of 5 parts.
• • Source: Review for "The Drag" by Patrick Cash for; posted on Thursday, 12 January 2017.
• • 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.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Laurels to Mae West — For her outstanding personality. Whether you approve of her, or not, you simply cannot ignore her.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "If you really love someone, peel 'em a grape."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An Australian publication discussed Mae West.
• • "Brains, Not 'IT,' Says Mae West of the Curves" • •
• • Hollywood Correspondent Jill Bowen wrote: We have heard a lot about the necessity for girls to have "It" in order to be a success with men, but Mae West, the most discussed star of the moment, contradicts Elinor Glyn, founder of the "It" philosophy, and says: "All that a girl needs is brains." . . .
• • Source: Article: "Brains, Not 'IT,' Says Mae West of the Curves" written for Australian Women's Weekly; published on Saturday, 3 March 1934 
• • Image: A rare cover of an out-of-print publication called Box Office. Mae West was their cover girl. What a gem.
• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 13th anniversary • •  
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during these past thirteen years. Not long ago, we entertained 3,497 visitors. And we reached a milestone recently when we completed 3,800 blog posts. Wow!   
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started thirteen years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 3827th 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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