Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Mae West: She Sought Men

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 5.
• • Good when she’s bad: Bawdy bard Mae West’s ‘Sex’ appeals • •
• • Considerable charm • •
• • Ed Rampell wrote: While Mae’s characters often merrily used her beauty and considerable charms to profiteer off of men and their fragile egos and libidos, she actually sought men who could offer her true love, which included sexually satisfying and pleasing her. (Consider Cary Grant in the 1933 classics She Done Him Wrong and I’m No Angel, which made him a star, just as Mae’s 1970 gender bending Myra Breckinridge propelled a pre-Magnum Tom Selleck towards stardom.) As Sex’s suave British Naval Lt. Gregg, the dapper Wayne Wilderson may be another case in point.
• • Ed Rampell wrote: Beneath her blonde wig, it’s a monumental task for 51-year-old Andrea Hutchman to compete with Mae West’s renowned buxom beauty and persona, especially when Mae was only about 33 years old.
• • Mae took Tinseltown by storm • •  …        
• • This was Part 5. To be continued tomorrow.
• • Source: Stage Review of “Sex” written by Ed Rampell for People’s World; published on Wednesday, 16 May 2018.
• • On Wednesday, 12 June 1946 • •
• • The Schuberts wanted to land "Come On Up" starring Mae West on Broadway, after her regional tour. They promoted this show with a full page of warm-hearted local reviews in Variety, in the issue dated for Wednesday, 12 June 1946.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Hollywood is still wondering what effect Mae West's surprise marriage announcement will have on her following.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "I'll never tell anyone else how to live. These happen to be my own rules, but they might not apply to someone else. If anyone tried them out and they didn't work happily, I'd feel responsible."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article about a radio museum in Oregon mentioned Mae West.
• • A rare, 1938 table radio case shaped like a bosom and supporting two flesh-colored cones is nicknamed the Mae West and is on display at Russ and Sue Webb's Russ' Old Radio Museum in Eagle Point.  ...
• • Source: Article for The Oregonia; published on Friday, 6 June 2014
• • The evolution of 2 Mae West plays that keep her memory alive • • 
• • A discussion with Mae West playwright LindaAnn LoSchiavo — — 
• • http://lideamagazine.com/renaissance-woman-new-york-city-interview-lindaann-loschiavo/
• • 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 3979th 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.

• • Come up and see Mae every day online: http://MaeWest.blogspot.com/
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