Friday, June 08, 2018

Mae West: Reveals Herself

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 3.
• • Good when she’s bad: Bawdy bard Mae West’s ‘Sex’ appeals • •
• • Margy LaMont is a sex worker • •     
• • Ed Rampell wrote:  Margy may be a sex worker, but in the show’s liveliest scene set in a Caribbean nightclub, she and her fellow cast members clad in über-Carmen Miranda-type costumes sing up a storm, and Margy reveals herself to be a talented torch singer.
• • Ed Rampell wrote:  During this zany scene, talented eye candy Kandace Lindsey also lights up the stage: A flute even delightfully descends from the rafters for her to go all Jean-Pierre Rampal on. Susan Edwards Martin (who also portrays the “slutty” matron Clara Stanton and played the Lady Blues character in Torch Song Trilogy on Broadway) also appears to tickle the ivories as she warbles in Sex’s most enjoyable, vibrant sequence that is alone worth the price of admission.
• • Act 2 takes Margy from the West Indies to NYC • •   . . .   
• • This was Part 3. To be continued on Monday.
• • Source: Stage Review of “Sex” written by Ed Rampell for People’s World; published on Wednesday, 16 May 2018.
• • On Friday, 8 June 1979 • •
• • The date was 8 June 1979. Vincent Canby, then the film critic of The New York Times, pursed his lips and gave "Sextette" starring Mae West a sound spanking. Another article in the paper was "Mae West, 87, Does an Encore: Trying for 6th Marriage."
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mr. Universe, sporting a shiner and limping, today filed assault charges against a fellow muscle man who knocked him out Wednesday night in Mae West's dressing room.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "I prefer doing things behind closed doors."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An Australian newspaper mentioned Mae West.
• • "Mae West Enters Society" • •
• • In "Now I'm a Lady," which delighted the Olympia audience on Saturday night and which will conclude its showing to-night, Mae West has gone modern, and in this picture becomes a socialite with countless admirers among the blue-bloods. She's a new type of personality, with a new drawing room sparkle in her diamonds, but the same old fascinating sparkle in her eyes. It's worth the price of admission to hear Mae sing grand opera, let alone such hits as "Now I'm a Lady" and "He's a Bad Man."
• • Source: Item from The Northern Miner; published on Monday, 8 June 1936
• • 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 3977th 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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