Monday, November 06, 2017

Mae West: Arcola Theatre

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 • •
• • Reviewed by Drama Critic Patrick Cash • •
• • Patrick Cash wrote: Arcola Queer Collective presents a rare chance to see the play that scandalised 1920s America on stage.
• • Adapted by Peter Darney (5 Guys Chillin’) from a Mae West text that scandalised 1927 America, The Drag is ripe fodder for 2017 queer Dalston — — and one of the most enjoyable and engaging plays I’ve seen in years. It follows the tale of Rolly Kingsbury, who is almost the perfect specimen of a heterosexual married man in every conventional way – young, handsome, rich — — apart from one little ‘flaw’: his rampant and enthusiastic lust for cock.
• • Rolly Kingsbury on the horns of a dilemma • •  . . .
• • This is Part 1 of 5 parts.
• • Source: Review for "The Drag" by Patrick Cash for; posted on Thursday, 12 January 2017.
• • On Tuesday, 11 November 1913 • •
• • Mae West's vaudeville routine was noticed by an entertainment critic for the Philadelphia Times, where some quotes appeared on Tuesday, 11 November 1913.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • During the second World War, Americans were asked to join together to fight Hitler and stem the tide of Nazism. During this conflict, a flotation device was named for Hollywood star Mae West.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "Don't you see how my life is? I gotta top myself in my pictures and I gotta watch myself in everything else. My private life has gotta be a model."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A Brooklyn daily mentioned Mae West.
• • Mae West's "Pleasure Man" at Boulevard Theater • •
• • "Pleasure Man," the new Mae West comedy drama, comes to the Boulevard Theater, Jackson Heights, Queens, prior to opening at the Biltmore Theater in Manhattan on Oct. 1st. The play deals with life backstage in a small town vaudeville theater in the Southwest. It is claimed that it contains a number of situations common enough in show life, but unusual and practically unknown to those who know actors and actresses only across the footlights. It is said to be of a daring nature. "Pleasure Man" is presented by Carl Reed and was staged by Charles  ... 
• • Note: One of the "situations" was castration. You decide if that is "common enough in show business life" or not. Let us know!
• • Source: "New Plays of the Week" in The Brooklyn Daily Eagle; published on Sunday, 23 September 1928
• • 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 3825th 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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