Thursday, June 07, 2018

Mae West: Sex Worker

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 2.
• • Good when she’s bad: Bawdy bard Mae West’s ‘Sex’ appeals • •
• • Vernacular may be campy but Mae’s subject matter is edgy • •  
• • Ed Rampell wrote:  But if this period piece’s vernacular is now outdated, Sex’s subject matter remains edgy, as it deals with a demi-monde of prostitutes and gigolos. Along with sex workers, lesbianism, and cross-dressing are also on display: Both David Errigo and Carla Valentine play multiple parts, including gender fluid characters such as a French maid and sailor. (West’s defiant follow-up to Sex was a daring play about homosexuality called The Drag, which was prohibited from being performed on the not-so-Great White Way.)
• • Ed Rampell wrote:  Sex’s action takes place in Montreal, Trinidad and New York, as it tracks the peregrinations of the hustler Mae West originally played, Margy LaMont (here portrayed by Buzzworks founder Andrea Hutchman), as she, in turn, follows the fleet in pursuit of loot.
• • Margy LaMont is a sex worker • • … 
• • This was Part 2. To be continued tomorrow.
• • Source: Stage Review of “Sex” written by Ed Rampell for People’s World; published on Wednesday, 16 May 2018.
• • On Monday, 7 June 1926 in NYC • •
• • In Manhattan, on Monday, 7 June 1926, District Attorney Joab Banton announced the formation of a "play jury," volunteer citizens who would attend every play and vote on whether it met civic standards of decency.  Each jury would be made up of 12 adults. This "play jury" process came to an end after Mae West was arrested in February 1927.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Miss West reportedly was discussing plans to replace "Mr. Universe" in her show. 
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "The best to way to behave is to misbehave!".
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A reporter from the Oshkosh Daily Northwestern interviewed Mae West.
• • Oshkosh Daily Northwestern wrote: Mae West on Wednesday's battle between two of the men in her nightclub act — — "This was not the first time two men had fought over me.  No.  But not in public like this. I prefer doing things behind closed doors." ...
• • Source: Article: "Mae West in Dressing Room Brawl" written by the Oshkosh Daily Northwestern;  published on 8 June 1956
• • 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 3976th 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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