Thursday, June 14, 2018

Mae West: Sleazy Man

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 7.
• • Good when she’s bad: Bawdy bard Mae West’s ‘Sex’ appeals • •
• • a bit of sly scene-stealing • •
• • Ed Rampell wrote: When David Errigo smiled he reminded me of a young Jim Carrey, and the rakish actor does a bit of sly scene-stealing when he hilariously performs a song, about rowing boats, full of Mae West-like double entendre panache.
• • Sleazy Man • •
• • Ed Rampell wrote: His French chambermaid (wink wink nod nod) is also droll, just as Davey Johnson’s sleazy man on the make Rocky will make you smile.
• • Ed Rampell wrote: Mae West was not only a controversial gender iconoclast but also something of a racial trendsetter, as well. It’s interesting to note that the Buzzworks cast is integrated, about evenly divided between Black and white actors. Miscegenation between the torch singer called the Frisco Doll (Mae’s alter ego in 1936’s Klondike Annie) and Chan Lo, the Chinese owner of the San Francisco Chinatown gambling den she croons in, is strongly suggested, including in the Doll’s witty ditty with its eyebrow-raising title “I’m an Occidental Woman in an Oriental Mood for Love.”
• • Often had black maids • •  . . .
• • This was Part 7. To be continued tomorrow.
• • Source: Stage Review of “Sex” written by Ed Rampell for People’s World; published on Wednesday, 16 May 2018.
• • On Friday, 14 June 1991 • •
• • An article "The invention of Mae West" written by Graham McCann was published in The Times Literary Supplement, No. 4602, issue dated for Friday, 14 June 1991.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Miss Mae West not only accused her of stealing her act, but used her influence on agents to keep Miss Sarah Allen from getting stage jobs.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "I like restraint, if it doesn't go too far."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The Daily mentioned Mae West.
• • Edward James at Monkton — — Sitting on Mae West's lips
• • Antony Lambton wrote:  This increased my embarrassment and I was pleased to get out of the room and examine the drawing room with its famous sofa the shape and colour of Mae West's carmine lips. Again not quite knowing what to do I sat down and found it very uncomfortable.
• • Antony Lambton wrote: Edward James by this time had, I am sure, taken as strong a dislike to me as I had to him. I am afraid I hadn't paid him the sort of compliments without which he felt inadequate. …
• • Source: Article in London’s Spectator: published on Saturday, 14 June 1986
• • 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 3980th 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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