Monday, June 11, 2018

Mae West: Andrea Hutchman

Sex” by MAE WEST is onstage at Hollywood’s Hudson Theatre until Sunday, 17 June 2018. Naturally, you want to see it and learn what the West Coast critics thought. So here we go. This is Part 4.
• • Good when she’s bad: Bawdy bard Mae West’s ‘Sex’ appeals • •
• • Act 2 takes Margy from the West Indies to NYC • •
• • Ed Rampell wrote:  Act Two, which takes Margy LaMont from the West Indies up to New York with her younger, naïve beau, the millionaire Jimmy Stanton (Ryan Phillips), has some clever plot twists that I didn’t see coming before the intermission.
• • Andrea Hutchman plays the Margy LaMont / Mae West role • •
• • Ed Rampell wrote: In her homage to Mae West, Andrea Hutchman faces the same challenges other actors confront when portraying well known characters or actual historical personages familiar to audiences. Although Margy is not Mae per se, this is whom West depicted onstage in the play she wrote. In her impersonation of Mae, Andrea Hutchman captures West’s haughty demeanor and sheer chutzpah, as well as the vulnerability beneath her persona.
• • Ed Rampell wrote: For like Margy, Diamond Lil, and other roles that woman whom W.C. Fields called “My Little Chickadee” created and/or acted, she is no mere gold-digger per se.
• • Considerable charm • •  . . .  
• • This was Part 4. To be continued tomorrow.
• • Source: Stage Review of “Sex” written by Ed Rampell for People’s World; published on Wednesday, 16 May 2018.
• • On Sunday, 11 June 1989 • •
• • The L.A. Times wrote: "I'm No Angel" (Channel 5, Saturday at 3:15 a.m.): Mae West was never better as a carny dancer turned lion tamer who conquers high society and vamps Cary Grant as well; this is the one in which she ad-libbed (sic), "Beulah, peel me a grape."
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • A comedy about a hooker with an independent mind and a heart of gold may sound like a tired premise these days, but in 1927 it was edgy enough to earn an obscenity arrest and eight days in the slammer for its author, a former vaudeville comic named Mae West.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: “Camp is the kinda comedy that imitates me.”
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A gay publication mentioned Mae West.
• • “The Drag” • •
• • Tim Retzloff wrote: An auspicious year for female impersonators and those in Detroit’s transgender community was 1927. In that year Mae West’s play “The Drag,” written under her pen name Jane Mast, opened with trial runs in New Jersey and Connecticut. The play never made Broadway, on or Off.
• • Tim Retzloff wrote: Mae West, who herself would be many a drag queen’s model and inspiration with phrases like, “Come up and see me sometime, big boy!” and “Is that a pistol in your pocket, or are you glad to see me?” She was well-loved by the hoped-for Broadway hit Ray Bourbon — who, following a gender reassignment surgery, changed her name to Rae.  . . .
• • Source: Article written by Tim Retzloff for Pride Source Magazine: published in 2016
• • The evolution of 2 Mae West plays that keep her memory alive • • 
• • A discussion with Mae West playwright LindaAnn LoSchiavo — — 
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• • 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 3,900 blog posts. Wow!  
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started thirteen years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 3978th 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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