Friday, June 29, 2018

Mae West: Complicated Sex

Since MAE WEST’s hit play “Sex” was just produced at the Hudson Theatre in Los Angeles, and maybe you were not there, let’s read one review of the production, shall we? This is Part 2 of 3.
• • Mae West’s Hit Play “Sex” Reprises at the Hudson Mainstage • •
• • Margie LaMont goes Caribe • • 
• • Marilyn Tower Oliver wrote:  To avoid arrest, Margie leaves with one of her admirers, English naval officer Lt. Gregg (Wayne Wilderson), and the pair ends up in the Caribbean. Always on the lookout to feather her nest, Margie meets a young millionaire, Jimmy Stanton, and agrees to marry him. The story comes to a head when she meets his snooty parents in their New York mansion. It appears that while sex can be alluring it can also come with complications.
• • Marilyn Tower Oliver wrote:  For me the high point of this production was the scene in a Trinidad cabaret, which is filled with lively dancing and music from the ‘20s. I particularly liked “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” and “Ain’t Misbehavin.”
• • Marilyn Tower Oliver wrote:  Singer Kandace Lindsey stops the show mid-song when she plays a flute which magically descends from the ceiling.
• • Corny by today’s standards, “Sex” has its charm • •  . . .
• • This was the second of three parts and will be concluded on the next post, Monday.
• • Source: Review of “Sex” in The Los Feliz Ledger; published on Thursday, 31 May 2018.
• • On Saturday, 29 June 1935 • •
• • Paramount liaison John Hammell wrote diplomatic letters to Will Hays but his skills were sorely tested by the "Klondike Annie" project.  One of Hammell's soothing missives (dated for 29 June 1935) explained:  "The ending of our story will be a romance between Mae West and one of the characters in our picture, and it will indicate for the future a normal life and nothing that will bring condemnation from the most scrupulous."
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West okaying a story written by one of her henchmen in which she is quoted as saying something to the effect that she wouldn't advise anyone to act like Mae West or — Abraham Lincoln! Well, they've both been Great Emancipators!
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "I consider myself above changing. I haven't time to change.  I'm not looking backward at what I've done or what success has come my way. The minute you do that and stand around on what's already come your way, you're headed back in the other direction.”
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A Singapore paper mentioned Mae West.
• • Mae West was doing her part in Singapore to keep an English-speaking audience entertained on.
• • Singapore-based readers of The Straits Times on Tuesday, 29 June 1937, saw this announcement on page 5: "Don’t Come Up and See Me SOMETIME! COME UP AND SEE ME TONIGHT!"
• • Mae West stars in "Go West Young Man" — — with Warren William and Lyle Talbot at the Pavilion Theatre — — 2 showtimes 6:15 pm and 9:15 pm.  Snappy and saucy and crammed with laughs. …
• • Source: Item in The Straits Times; published on Tuesday, 29 June 1937
• • 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 3991st 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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