Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Mae West: Straight Wash

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 • •
• • Rolly Kingsbury on the horns of a dilemma • •
• • Reviewed by Drama Critic Patrick Cash • •
• • Patrick Cash wrote: A lot of the initial comedy stems from the other characters’ rigid determination to straight-wash Rolly. Whilst Rolly’s naive but likeable wife Clair, played sensitively by Tasmine Airey, wonders why he never kisses her beyond the cheek; Rolly and Clair’s fathers both want to idolise him as an epitome of youthful masculinity, to different extents. Arkem Walton is suavely adroit as the Doctor, and Stuart Honey is convincing as the Judge, and Rolly’s father.
• • Rolly Kingsbury himself just can’t wait to get Claire out of the house so he can get the boys round and throw a Drag Ball in his tight-clinging singlet: the 1920s version of a chill-out, one imagines.
• • Praise for Arcola's casting • •  . . .
• • This is Part 2 of 5 parts.
• • Source: Review for "The Drag" by Patrick Cash for attitude.co.uk; posted on Thursday, 12 January 2017.
• • On Friday, 7 November 2003 in Los Angeles • •
• • Mae's apartment house The Ravenswood was designated a landmark in the month of November — — on Friday, 7 November 2003.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Hollywood — Film Daily Production Hall of Fame 1933 — 1934 commends Mae West, for her spectacular draw at the box-office.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "Marriage is a great institution, but I'm not ready for an institution."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A book mentioned Mae West.
• • Mae West's "Pleasure Man" • •
• • The Jewish Tribune found Mae West's play "much livelier and more amusing theater than many of the more decent and ambitious plays."
• • The reviewer of the Evening Post, who was not much put out by the female impersonators, wrote that "the main theme of the play is comparatively clean. It is, briefly, that a rake seduces a young girl, attempts seduction of two others, attacks a man's wife, gets drunk, and is finally murdered in a manner heretofore not suggested on the Broadway stage save in 'Chee Chee.' So far as the plot goes, it is most decent "
• • "Chee Chee" was one of those awful Broadway mistakes, a satire on Gilbert and Sullivan's "Mikado" in which the wife of a petty bureaucrat saves him from a fate worse than beheading. It was not the story of "The Pleasure Man," but the jokes that were astonishing.  . . .
• • Source:  "Three Plays by Mae West" edited by L. Schlissel; published in 1997
• • 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 3826th 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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• • Mae West • with the cast in 1928

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